Ray Charles (1930-2004) led one of the most extraordinary lives of any popular musician. In Brother Ray, he tells his story in an inimitable and unsparing voice, from the chronicle of his musical development to his heroin addiction to his tangled romantic life. Overcoming poverty, blindness, the loss of his parents, and the pervasive racism of the era, Ray Charles was acclaimed worldwide as a genius by the age of thirty-two. By combining the influences of gospel, jazz, blues, and country music, he invented, almost single-handedly, what became known as soul. And throughout a career spanning more than a half century, Ray Charles remained in complete control of his life and his music, allowing nobody to tell him what he could and couldn't do.As the Chicago Sun-Times put it, Brother Ray is qcandid, explicit, sometimes embarrassing, often hilarious, always warm, touching and deeply human-just like his music.qWe dona#39;t know it, we cana#39;t tell it, but our windshield is completely frozen over, covered and caked by a thick layer of ice. Tom doesna#39;t notice ... Apparently we turned on the windshield defroster too late, when we were a hundred miles or so outside Oklahoma City. By then the frost ... All Tom can do is circle the field. We cana#39;t see the ... Ia#39;m not against praying, but Ia#39;m busy working the radio. Ia#39;m reporting toanbsp;...
|Author||:||David Ritz, Ray Charles|
|Publisher||:||Da Capo Press - 2009-03-17|