Ray Charles. Man and Music - Michael Lydon
One of the first near full-length biographies at to time of publication (2000 edition) of Ray Charles. When five, his brother drowned; at age six he went blind; and when he was fourteen his mother died. But this driven youth talked his way into gigs at Jacksonville s toughest juke joints, learning from older musicians and writing dazzling arrangements. The book details his struggle with heroin abuse and his love of women. The author covers his traumatic upbringing, his rise to success, his decline in the 1970s and resurgence a decade later (paperback, used).