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Broken Childhood, Mended Dreams: The Misadventures of Jimmy Lee Paperback – 5 Sep 2018
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Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book..... couldn t put it down! --tgp
I could have read this in one go, thoroughly enjoyable --Bluegirl
This is the life story so far, of Jimmy Lee. Life never did Jimmy any favours, but he never asked for any, all he asked was to be his own man. This led him to terms of imprisonment in the hardest of naval prisons, to fame on the country scene of Nashville and much, much more besides. A story always told with honesty, humour and sometimes heart breaking detail. But shining through the words comes Jimmy's love of the countryside, music, life, and his belief in the ideal of reaching for your dreams, and being the best that you can be. But beware reading this book may make you think that perhaps you should have tried harder and risked more to have achieved your full potential and dared to be, just as Jimmy did. Jimmy is a true and talented wordsmith, not only in his prose, but also in the many of his song lyrics that are interspersed throughout the book. They tell the moving story of his life in heartaching rhythm and rhyme. Read his book, listen to his music, and be glad. --tiocarmino
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Jimmy has thrown himself enthusiastically, (though not always particularly accurately), into every opportunity that life has presented him with. No stranger to triumph or disaster, he will be the first to admit that spur of the moment decisions have played their part in some of the disasters, but equally, along with coincidences and good fortune, have just as often come to his rescue.
The story of his life is littered with hilarious escapades that only a character of his offbeat personality could have got into, but also deprivation, sadness and loss. The abuse he suffered as a young sailor in the care of the Royal Navy was just a reflection of how things were, there and then. Jim tells these stories matter of factly, without a trace of bitterness, where lesser men would bear the scars.
His lifelong love of music is central to his narrative, from early meetings with the leading lights of Tin Pan Alley, through residencies in Nashville, gigs at the Blue Coconut Club in his beloved Sussex shoot, and the music he writes and records today. If you enjoy this book, seek out his music, for it provides the soundtrack of his extraordinary life. Jim hit his stride as a writer well into his life as a musician, but the songs go right back to his childhood in the Sussex countryside, and the lyrics that punctuate the book add realism and depth to his story.
You will certainly laugh, and maybe shed a tear here and there, but I very much doubt if you’ll be bored.
His story should be read by all who are struggling in a job they do not care for as an inspiration to achieve what they really seek.
Listen to his music: The Ragamuffin, The Runaway, and The Empty Room