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Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story | [Ray Charles, David Ritz]

Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story

Ray Charles (1930-2004) led one of the most extraordinary lives of any popular musician. In Brother Ray, he reveals his life story unsparingly, from the chronicle of his musical development to his heroin addiction to his tangled romantic life.
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Ray Charles (1930-2004) led one of the most extraordinary lives of any popular musician. In Brother Ray, he reveals his life story unsparingly, 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 32. 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 or couldn't do.

The San Francisco Chronicle calls Brother Ray "an emotional blast as vivid and real, sweaty and straight talking as the man himself".

©1978 Ray Charles and David Ritz; new material ©1992, 2003, 2004 David Ritz; (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks

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    Charles Winchester, KY, United States 04-26-12
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    "Very Candid"

    Recommended if you really want to know Brother Ray, but be prepared for his candor. He makes no excuses and offers no apologies for his choices. His was a fascinating life and he was an amazing talent. I thought I knew something about him, but how little I knew was revealed with this memoir.

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    Janet austin, MN, USA 10-28-05
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    "Very enlightening"

    This book was very interesting if a bit graphic. I had seen the movie & it got me interested to learn more about Ray Charles & this book satisfied my curiosity. Great narrator.

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    "Enjoyed immensely"

    The book pretty much followed the movie, which was excellent. I enjoyed his candor and it made me feel as if I knew him. After listening to the book, it made me see things in a different light. Very good reading....

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