Ray Charles by Michael Lydon
Man and Music, Updated Commemorative Edition

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Ray Charles: Man and Music is a complete biography of this seminal singer/pianist who has been active on the American music scene since the mid-'50s. Originally published in 1995 by Penguin Books, and universally hailed as the definitive biography, this new edition will bring Charles's life up to date, covering the last 7 years of his life.

About Michael Lydon

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Michael Lydon was hired by young Jan Wenner as the first editor of Rolling Stone, shepherding the magazine through its initial issues. He also wrote for The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and other publications on the nascent rock revolution. His books include Rock Folk; Boogie Lightning; and Ray Charles: Man and Music. He lives in New York City.
Published June 1, 2004 by Routledge. 465 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, History. Non-fiction

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However, as Lydon describes it, alcoholism remains a daily part of Charles’s life, and Lydon is surprisingly blasÇ about the subject, noting that Charles drinks all day long but never showing the musician seeking treatment or even acknowledging that his daily drinking is a problem.

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The singer, pianist and composer Ray Charles is such a fixture on the American music scene that a fan once told a reporter ""I can't even remember when there wasn't a Ray Charles."" His sensual growl responding to the Raelets sultry church choir, his nostalgic crooning of ""Georgia on My Mind,"" ...

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