BOOK TOUR EVENTS ANNOUNCED
For over fifty years, Kenny Rogers
has been a fixture on the American music scene with his chart topping hits such as: “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town,” “Lucille,” “Love or Something Like It,” “Lady,” “Islands in the Stream,” and “The Gambler,” among a multitude of others. Now for the first time, this living legend reveals his incredible rise to fame, detailing his personal highs and lows with his memoir LUCK OR SOMETHING LIKE IT
(William Morrow; On Sale October 2, 2012; Hardcover; $27.99).
Speaking candidly, Kenny reflects upon his rough childhood in the South—living in the projects of Houston and growing up in poverty—and how his father’s alcoholism greatly impacted his career by helping him avoid the common pitfalls of substance abuse that often plague fame. Forever indebted to his mother for her thought-provoking wisdom and pitch perfect advice, Kenny entered the music business with a reputation for hard work and a positive attitude. These homegrown traits coupled with his strong faith enabled Kenny to persevere through the difficult periods of his career—the breakup of his first professional musical group, The First Edition, and the struggles he faced when trying to go solo.
Throughout Kenny’s career he has reinvented himself time and time again, managing to stay successful and current while also being true to his values as a performer. Along the way he has experimented across many musical genres with some of music’s greatest talents, and here he discusses his journey in depth and reveals the secret to his success: his ability to remain open-minded and his willingness not to let his past dictate his future.
Featuring a cast of characters ranging from Elvis to Dolly Parton to Ray Charles to Dottie West to Lionel Richie, Rogers’ story offers a candid and eye-opening look at the world of country music, showing how mainstream success led to crossover artistic partnerships that pushed his musical boundaries, but forced him to go against the trends of the Nashville establishment as he combined country music with other sounds from pop music.
In LUCK OR SOMETHING LIKE IT
, Kenny shares highlights from his ever-evolving musical career including:
- Kenny and Dolly: As one-half of one of popular music’s greatest duos, Kenny writes warmly about his longtime working relationship with Dolly Parton, telling never-before-heard stories about their first meeting and what they’ve meant to each other all these years.
- Kenny and Lionel: Discussing how his open-mindedness always led him to experiment musically and avoid developing a stale, complacent style, he explains the steps that led him to approach Lionel Richie in the early 80s about recording a song together. The result of that song—and his willingness to experiment beyond the strict boundaries of country music—was the massively successful “Lady” and a partnership that would last for decades.
- Inside The Gambler: Kenny goes backstage on the making of a cultural phenomenon—the song and TV movie franchise that would become one of his greatest legacies: “The Gambler.”
- Kenny and His Personal Life: Writing honestly about his marriages and his struggle to stay married through the years, Kenny explores how his drive for success and his constant life on the road ultimately made marriage difficult for him despite his family values and instinct to settle down. Finally, he feels that he has achieved the elusive work-family balance with his current (fifth) marriage—a heartwarming story of finding love later on in life.
LUCK OR SOMETHING LIKE IT
recounts a musical journey unlike any other. Kenny Rogers’s life defines an era in music history that is rapidly slipping away, a time when country music was more than just a part of pop culture––it was a way of life.
About the Author
Kenny Rogers is one of a handful of artists to sell over 125 million albums. He also holds the very rare distinction of having a hit single in each of the last six decades. His television movie “The Gambler” is one of the highest rated TV movies of all time. His duet with Dolly Parton, “Islands In The Stream,” is the #1-selling duet of all time. His extensive history of success also includes 20 platinum, 31 gold albums and a Diamond-certified Greatest Hits album that has sold more than 24 million copies worldwide. He has won three Grammy Awards, five Country Music Association Awards, 18 American Music Awards, eight Academy of Country Music Awards and 11 People’s Choice Awards. He has recorded 65 albums and is ranked #8 on the R.I.A.A.’s list of Top Selling Male Artists of all time.
National Book Tour Events for KENNY ROGERS & LUCK OR SOMETHING LIKE IT
October 2, 2012
Bookends (211 East Ridgewood Ave.)
October 3, 2012
NEW YORK, NY
Barnes & Noble (54th & 3rd)
October 6, 2012
Joseph-Beth Booksellers (161 Lexington Green Circle)
October 7, 2012
Barnes & Noble (Mansell Crossing Shopping Center – 7660 Northpoint Parkway, Ste. 200)
October 8, 2012
Books-A-Million (Brook Highland Plaza – 5287 Highway 280 South, Ste. 221)
October 12, 2012
Barnes & Noble (River Oaks Shopping Center – 2030 West Gray Street)