For over fifty years, Kenny Rogers has known when to hold 'em, when to fold 'em, and when to run. From his career-launching string of hits with First Edition to his wildly successful partnership with Dolly Parton, this writer and performer earned a place among Nashville's most accomplished and beloved artists, and has helped shaped music around the world. Now for the first time, this living legend shares the story of his incredible rise to fame, including the highs, lows, and how he's kept going through the most tumultuous times. Rogers' shares the influences that have shaped him, including his deep faith and his adherence to hard work. Here, too, are the artists who have enriched his life, from Elivs Presely to Dolly Parton to Ray Charles. Rogers' offers a candid and eye-opening look at the world of country music, showing how mainstream success led to crossover partnerships that pushed his musical boundaries, and ultimately forced him to go against the trends of the Nashville establishment. With behind the scenes tales from the road, the secrets behind his biggest hits, and never-before-told personal vignettes, this moving memoir reveals how Rogers' life defines an era in music history that is rapidly fading, a time when country music wasn't just a brand but a way of life.
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A living legend of Country Music and a worldwide music icon, superstar Kenny Rogers has enjoyed a fascinating five decades in show business, and he tells the full story of his remarkable life and career in Luck or Something Like It. From his days with hit group The First Edition to his sterling solo work, the artist who "knows when to hold 'em and knows when to fold 'em" knows how to tell a captivating life story as well–bringing a golden era of Country Music to life as he recounts his remarkable rise to the top of the charts. An honest, moving, eye-opening view of a musician's life on the road, Luck or Something Like It is the definitive music memoir–a backstage pass to fifty years of performing and recording presented by the one and only Kenny Rogers, one of the bestselling artists ever.
“Rogers is an exquisite storyteller, able to get across a range of ideas and emotions in songs like ‘Lucille’ and ‘The Gambler.’ That breezy, conversational tone comes across on the page.” (Entertainment Weekly)
“In his aw-shucks, sit-down-and-listen-for-a-spell memoir.... he reminisces in never-before-told stories…Rogers gracefully recalls the ups and downs on his wild ride to fame.” (BookPage)
“Engagingly honest.” (Toronto Star)
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