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on 25 January 1999
If you want an honest story or two from the Legend of Ray Charles, you have picked the right book.
In between the inconspicuous covers, Ray gets down to telling you all his life secrets, his lovers and most of all his passion for his music. Ray conjures up a romantic history of the girls he has loved and the mothers he has lost.
The book will lead you from his early days in a run down area of Florida, through the losing of his sight and the tragic death in his family. He doesn't look back with anger or shame, he just tells it as it is.
The most interesting time in the book is when Ray describes how he toured the US looking for work, and how he met some of his Idols of the time. You get a real sense of pain and pleasure as he was working with the great musicians, and missing his family at the same time.
One thing is for sure, you won't want to put the book down once you have started reading it.
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on 1 December 2012
Amazing book. Ray himself telling the story of his life - with all the specific language kept and with details and fun stories of his life gives a chance to better understand his music.
The right thing to a real Ray fan, or also to a beginner - will make to love him even more. :)
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on 7 January 2016
its like having a conversation with Brother Ray himself...this has to be one of my fav bio's ever.
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on 7 February 2016
Great book, arrived as described
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on 9 December 2014
great book
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on 3 September 2014
Excellent.
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on 26 January 2012
Jedna z najlepszych biografii muzycznych jakie mam w swojej bibliotece, a mam ich ponad dwadziescia. Jak sie to czyta, to ma sie wrazenie ze Ray mowi do Ciebie. Dla porownania biografia Claptona albo Queen sa jakies suche i bezplciowe, a ta jest 'miesista'. Polecam. Jezyk tez jest prosty, nie trzeba miec Cambridge Proficiency Level papieru, zeby wyczaic o co chodzi.
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on 5 August 2011
Although there are loads of names of musicians and singers that influenced him..there is very little detail of what precisely formulated his technique...after all..the piano keyboard is a complicated item...
this book is a record of interviews with David Ritz..and seems to be full to the brim with smugness,self-justification..and a preachy,didactic text that ultimately does not endear him to us one jot....I have been lucky enough to make a very good living out of the music business..as a member of a famous group...the first inspiration for which was, unquestionably, Ray Charles's version of "What I Say"..heard when I was 12 years old..it is as perfect in every way today..as it was then...this is the second book on Ray that I have read..and the second dissapointment..at the utter lack of modesty he displays to his biographers.
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