Anne Robinson, Karen Saxby
For over fifty years, Kenny Rogers has known when to hold 'em, when to fold 'em, and when to run. From his career-launching string of hits with First Edition to his wildly successful partnership with Dolly Parton, this writer and performer earned a place among Nashville's most accomplished and beloved artists, and has helped shaped music around the world. Now for the first time, this living legend shares the story of his incredible rise to fame, including the highs, lows, and how he's kept going through the most tumultuous times.
Rogers' shares the influences that have shaped him, including his deep faith and his adherence to hard work. Here, too, are the artists who have enriched his life, from Elivs Presely to Dolly Parton to Ray Charles. Rogers' offers a candid and eye-opening look at the world of country music, showing how mainstream success led to crossover partnerships that pushed his musical boundaries, and ultimately forced him to go against the trends of the Nashville establishment.
With behind the scenes tales from the road, the secrets behind his biggest hits, and never-before-told personal vignettes, this moving memoir reveals how Rogers' life defines an era in music history that is rapidly fading, a time when country music wasn't just a brand but a way of life.