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  • Hardcover: 435 pages
  • Publisher: Payback Press; 1st edition (Sept. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0862419298
  • ISBN-13: 978-0862419295
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,191,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Lydon is obviously a very gifted and very sensitive writer--his prose lilting and poetic, drunk on the invisible rhythms of the music each syllable softly falling like beads of water against the wide windows of the dawn-hour. Readers will find this an easy book to consume- pages almost turning themselves, eyes feverishly tracking back and forth, anxious to see where everything ends.."-The Electric Review, Nov. 2004 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Michael Lydon was a founding editor of Rolling Stone magazine and one fo the most highly regarded rock journalists of his generation. He is the author of Flashbacks: Eyewitness Accounts of the Rock Revolution (Routledge, 2003). He resides in New York City. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 May 1999
Format: Hardcover
Anyone who has read Ray Charles own book, "Brother Roy", may find some of the blanks filled in with this biography.
In general, the book is well-written with lots of interesting sidebars. It is rather disappointing, however, for the author to continuously refer to Charles' frugality and military attitude with his employees.
As one of the first inductees in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it would have been interesting to hear from those he influenced and why. Not one of the best biographies I have read..but, then again...not one of the worst. If you like Ray Charles, you will find this interesting, but not overwhelminly informative.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Jun. 1999
Format: Hardcover
If you only reading this book because you want to know exactly how friendly Ray Charles is, you might end up disliking him. This book is a tell it like it is. After reading it, I developed mixed emotions towards Brother Ray, that I didn't have before reading it. However, this book is truly a musician's favorite.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. Dodd on 5 July 2008
Format: Hardcover
I write a quick review because I am surprised no one has reviewed this . It's a marvellous book, and together with the book 'Brother Ray' gives what feels to be a really authentic picture of Ray Charles. I hope it's updated one day.
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By A Customer on 5 Feb. 1999
Format: Hardcover
I found this book extremely readable and comprehensive. Charles has lived a huge life, and this book does justice to that life. While some might think it is too insular regarding Charles and his music, that would seem to be a true reflection of his life as he lived it. Many of the minor characters are vividly drawn. Lydon's style is graceful and evocative. Music fans should rush out and buy this book!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
For Music Fans Only� 1 Jun. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
If you only reading this book because you want to know exactly how friendly Ray Charles is, you might end up disliking him. This book is a tell it like it is. After reading it, I developed mixed emotions towards Brother Ray, that I didn't have before reading it. However, this book is truly a musician's favorite.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
An excellent, comprehensive biography 5 Feb. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I found this book extremely readable and comprehensive. Charles has lived a huge life, and this book does justice to that life. While some might think it is too insular regarding Charles and his music, that would seem to be a true reflection of his life as he lived it. Many of the minor characters are vividly drawn. Lydon's style is graceful and evocative. Music fans should rush out and buy this book!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The newly expanded paperback version of a classic biography 4 April 2004
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Now in a newly updated edition from Routledge, Ray Charles: Man And Music by Michael Lydon ("Rolling Stone" founding editor and an influential music journalist) presents and documents the live and contributions to contemporary American music by Rhythm & Blues singer and musician Ray Charles. Afflicted with blindness at an early age, suffering the loss of his family at fourteen, Ray Charles went on to become one of the best known and best liked American music performers. This outstanding biography doesn't flinch from Charles struggle with heroin addiction or his problematic career at Atlantic Records. Originally published in 1995, this new edition now includes chapters on the last seven years of his life making Ray Charles: Man And Music very strongly recommended reading for anyone who has enjoyed his music and admired his ultimate triumph over adversity.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Ray Charles,a new understanding 21 Oct. 2005
By Bio Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have never been a Ray Charles fan,and when the movie Ray came

out,I was sadden,that I had missed a great talent.I brought the

DVD version of the movie,and then started reading everything there was about the man. After reading this book,which I enjoyed

I found that I did not like the man. I think that the writer of

the book,told about Ray,being cheap,being a womanizer and the

way he treated people in general.I think that the movie version of his life,glossed and sugar coated his life,his career and his

marriage.I came away feeling very sorry for his wife and his children,as it appears they were truly the victims of Ray Charles

I,for one will not spend any more money on the Ray Charles legend.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Ray: The Music Not the Man 11 Jan. 2005
By essence - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I wouldn't say that this is a bad book. It has its good points, but it was missing some of the things that I was more interested in. Like the thoughts of Ray, and the things that went on behind the scenes, through out different occurences in his life. Like when the woman on the side would get pregnant, what type of issues were bought into the Robinson household. The book didn't go into detail with anything. Basically, it just made a statement, "Ray girlfriend has a baby." That's it. That is the debt that was given, in most of the stories. Even during Ray's drug use years, it really didn't give to much insite. I think that the movie gave more detail than this book did, and usually it is the opposite. I think that this book could have eliminated about of 100 of it pages. I found myself, flipping pages trying to get through dead information, like its countless mention of billboard reviews, giving more detail in music charts, than the actual life of "RC." Let me restate that the book does haved it's good points, but it didn't fulfill my need for information.
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