Weekend Reads: “Unconquered” … with a Bonus Track

Hi, everyone.  Today is Jerry Lee Lewis’ 82nd birthday.  He is quite literally the last man standing from Sun Records:  the only person still alive who recorded for the legendary Memphis label.  Both this week’s book review and the bonus track are in Jerry Lee’s honor.

Unconquered: The Saga of Cousins Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimmy Swaggart, and Mickey GilleyUnconquered: The Saga of Cousins Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimmy Swaggart, and Mickey Gilley by J.D. Davis

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was an interesting, and often challenging, look at three cousins from a small Louisiana town who each found success in their own ways.

Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimmy Swaggart, and Mickey Gilley all had rough and impoverished childhoods … and each of them used their talents as pianists to come through in different ways.

In this book, we see their strict Pentacostal upbringings, rebellions, differing personalities and challenges … and their widely varying downfalls (because each of them had one).

The book was written in an engaging authorial voice; it’s clear that J.D. Davis admires all three men for different reasons. He also did his homework; there are first-person interviews, a long bibliography, and discussions that would not be out of place in a musicology classroom.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and recommend it to other fans of early rock and roll.

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Enjoy Jerry Lee’s first Sun Record, “Crazy Arms.”

 

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