The Life and Times of Little Richard: The Authorised Biography

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Omnibus Press, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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The classic authorized biography that told it all. When Little Richard burst onto the scene in the early 1950s, he sounded like nothing on earth. Drenched in sweat, screaming, hollering and pumping his piano, his stage act was so explosive that for years people assumed the real man could never match the flamboyant public image. Then came Charles White's sensational book exposing the even more astonishing life and times of Richard Wayne Penniman from Georgia. Little Richard made himself a star through sheer force of personality, breaking racial and sexual taboos on his way to becoming the primal force of Fifties rock 'n' roll. Elvis Presley called him 'the greatest'. Otis Redding called him his 'inspiration' and James Brown called him his idol. Charles White is the only author to have captured the true energy of Little Richard. Using Richard's own words, White chronicles a staggering career that spanned the very rules of rock 'n' roll, the rise of The Beatles, tussles with God and The Devil and an erratic series of comebacks. Illustrated with pictures from Little Richard's own archive and including a comprehensive discography.

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User Review  - gnehcn08 - Borders

This book has got to be one of the best books I have ever read. If you are a fan of Little Richard, then I definetely recommend this book for you! And also for all of you Rhythm and Blues and Rock 'N Roll music lovers! Richard Wayne Penniman is THE Glorious performer of all time! Read full review

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User Review  - Chris_V - LibraryThing

A hugely enjoyable biography of one of rock 'n' roll's originators and one of the most controversial performers in pop music. Little Richard shines through as loudly and as outrageous as you would expect as he takes us through the highs and lows of his dazzling career. Read full review

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