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Brother Ray : Ray Charles' Own Story - David Ritz

Brother Ray

Ray Charles' Own Story

Paperback Published: 27th October 2004
ISBN: 9780306814310
Number Of Pages: 384

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Ray Charles (1930-2004) led one of the most extraordinary lives of any popular musician. In Brother Ray, he tells his story in an inimitable and unsparing voice, 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 thirty-two. 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 and couldn't do.As the "Chicago Sun-Times" put it, "Brother Ray" is "candid, explicit, sometimes embarrassing, often hilarious, always warm, touching and deeply human-just like his music."

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Barnes & Noble Review, 2/17/12 "One of David Ritz's finest r&b as-told-tos...Rich in insight as well as incident."

Acknowledgementsp. vii
Introduction to the 2003 Editionp. viii
Introductionp. xii
Homep. 3
Going Blindp. 15
First Year at Schoolp. 20
Summertime in Greensvillep. 27
Back to Schoolp. 34
Summers in Tallahasseep. 46
Making Outp. 52
Sufferingp. 58
Scuffling in Jacksonvillep. 66
Hungry in Orlandop. 75
Floppin' Round Tampap. 84
Moving Cross-Countryp. 94
Fooling with Drugsp. 108
Down to L.A.p. 114
The Roadp. 118
Struggling as a Singlep. 134
Texasp. 145
Roughing Itp. 153
Family Dreamsp. 158
Leadingp. 162
The Girlsp. 167
Fooling, Drowning, Hallelujahingp. 173
Whiskey and Watermelonp. 180
Widening the Rangep. 189
Busted Againp. 198
Keeping Track of the Changep. 204
Too Close for Comfortp. 213
Back to the Countryp. 219
For the Love of Womenp. 230
Loosening Upp. 239
Wising Upp. 246
The Bad Bustp. 252
Kickingp. 256
Sentencingp. 262
Coming Backp. 267
Following a Leaderp. 271
The Scene Abroadp. 277
B and Mep. 283
Working on the Buildingp. 286
Living and Dyingp. 295
Nothing Newp. 303
Little Bit of Soulp. 307
Afterwordp. 310
Epiloguep. 318
Discography and Notesp. 322
Pre-Atlanticp. 322
Atlanticp. 326
ABCp. 333
Tangerine/Crossover and Miscellaneousp. 340
1978-1991p. 344
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ISBN: 9780306814310
ISBN-10: 0306814315
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 27th October 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.9  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1