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“I see my story as a suite of songs that have a magical connection. I never understood that connection until I sat down to write. It was then that the magic started to flow.” Let Love Rule is a work of deep reflection. Lenny Kravitz looks back at his life with candor, self-scrutiny, and humor. “My life is all about opposites,” he writes. “Black and white. Jewish and Christia “I see my story as a suite of songs that have a magical connection. I never understood that connection until I sat down to write. It was then that the magic started to flow.” Let Love Rule is a work of deep reflection. Lenny Kravitz looks back at his life with candor, self-scrutiny, and humor. “My life is all about opposites,” he writes. “Black and white. Jewish and Christian. The Jackson 5 and Led Zeppelin. I accepted my Gemini soul. I owned it. I adored it. Yins and yangs mingled in various parts of my heart and mind, giving me balance and fueling my curiosity and comfort.” Let Love Rule covers a vast canvas stretching from Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant, Los Angeles’s Baldwin Hills, Beverly Hills, and finally to France, England and Germany. It’s the story of a wildly creative kid who, despite tough struggles at school and extreme tension at home, finds salvation in music. We see him grow as a musician and ultimately a master songwriter, producer, and performer. We also see Lenny’s spiritual growth―and the powerful way in which spirit informs his music. The cast of characters surrounding Lenny is extraordinary: his father, Sy, a high-powered news executive; his mother, Roxie Roker, a television star; and Lisa Bonet, the young actress who becomes his muse. The central character, of course, is Lenny, who, despite his great aspirational energy, turns down record deal after record deal until he finds his true voice. The creation of that voice, the same voice that is able to declare “Let Love Rule” to an international audience, is the very heart of this story. “Whether recording, performing, or writing a book,” says Lenny, “my art is about listening to the inspiration inside and then sharing it with people. Art must bring the world closer together.”


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“I see my story as a suite of songs that have a magical connection. I never understood that connection until I sat down to write. It was then that the magic started to flow.” Let Love Rule is a work of deep reflection. Lenny Kravitz looks back at his life with candor, self-scrutiny, and humor. “My life is all about opposites,” he writes. “Black and white. Jewish and Christia “I see my story as a suite of songs that have a magical connection. I never understood that connection until I sat down to write. It was then that the magic started to flow.” Let Love Rule is a work of deep reflection. Lenny Kravitz looks back at his life with candor, self-scrutiny, and humor. “My life is all about opposites,” he writes. “Black and white. Jewish and Christian. The Jackson 5 and Led Zeppelin. I accepted my Gemini soul. I owned it. I adored it. Yins and yangs mingled in various parts of my heart and mind, giving me balance and fueling my curiosity and comfort.” Let Love Rule covers a vast canvas stretching from Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant, Los Angeles’s Baldwin Hills, Beverly Hills, and finally to France, England and Germany. It’s the story of a wildly creative kid who, despite tough struggles at school and extreme tension at home, finds salvation in music. We see him grow as a musician and ultimately a master songwriter, producer, and performer. We also see Lenny’s spiritual growth―and the powerful way in which spirit informs his music. The cast of characters surrounding Lenny is extraordinary: his father, Sy, a high-powered news executive; his mother, Roxie Roker, a television star; and Lisa Bonet, the young actress who becomes his muse. The central character, of course, is Lenny, who, despite his great aspirational energy, turns down record deal after record deal until he finds his true voice. The creation of that voice, the same voice that is able to declare “Let Love Rule” to an international audience, is the very heart of this story. “Whether recording, performing, or writing a book,” says Lenny, “my art is about listening to the inspiration inside and then sharing it with people. Art must bring the world closer together.”

30 review for Let Love Rule

  1. 4 out of 5

    Christine Bilaniuk

    The book was good, not too indepth to grow boring but loads of name dropping. Also disappointed with this new trend of bios where they chop it up into more than one book. This story, like Fleas bio, ends just when they're on the brink of fame. Breadcrumbs...so frustrating The book was good, not too indepth to grow boring but loads of name dropping. Also disappointed with this new trend of bios where they chop it up into more than one book. This story, like Fleas bio, ends just when they're on the brink of fame. Breadcrumbs...so frustrating

  2. 5 out of 5

    Crystal

    Do yourself a favor and listen to the audiobook. I could listen to this man read the phonebook!!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Wanted to love it but did not. First of all I had no idea it would only go up to his first album and didn't touch upon his divorce or parents death. Also you're Lenny Kravitz --- you don't need to name drop so much! He lets you know he has met everyone from Miles Davis to Andy Warhol but never mentions that his beloved mom was first cousins with Al Roker! Ha, go figure? Wanted to love it but did not. First of all I had no idea it would only go up to his first album and didn't touch upon his divorce or parents death. Also you're Lenny Kravitz --- you don't need to name drop so much! He lets you know he has met everyone from Miles Davis to Andy Warhol but never mentions that his beloved mom was first cousins with Al Roker! Ha, go figure?

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Lyons

    4.5 stars!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tammy(PeaceLoveBooks)

    A beautiful book by a beautiful man! Loved Lenny’s story!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tinichix (nicole)

    I had almost purchased this multiple times so when I won this on Goodreads I was super excited. I’ve always enjoyed the music of Lenny Kravitz. I enjoy him as an actor, and have always thought he seems like a really neat grounded person with some great values. I still feel the same way about all of those things. This book gives you feelings of harmony, peace, love, determination, and flexibility. Despite the struggles and effort it took to get where he is today, it is still a very encouraging, p I had almost purchased this multiple times so when I won this on Goodreads I was super excited. I’ve always enjoyed the music of Lenny Kravitz. I enjoy him as an actor, and have always thought he seems like a really neat grounded person with some great values. I still feel the same way about all of those things. This book gives you feelings of harmony, peace, love, determination, and flexibility. Despite the struggles and effort it took to get where he is today, it is still a very encouraging, positive book. It goes way back to when Kravitz was a very young boy. It not only focuses on him, it focuses on his parents also. When discussing his mom we learn about her and the financial impact her success had on her relationships, including the one with her own husband. We learn about the tension and strained relationship he has with his father. It highlights the hindsight and introspection about the dynamics of the relationship with his dad. We also get insight into the relationships with each of his grandparents and the bonds with them. We are welcomed into the neighborhood and childhood and adult friendships. We witness professional relationships. We experience lovers and family. Lenny Kravitz turned down numerous great opportunities to be able to remain authentic and true to himself. There really is a lot to admire about him without any portion of the book sounding boastful. I did find it a little repetitive on traits, facts, and statements. Parts could feel a little choppy. There was a lot of name dropping, but growing up in a “famous place”, with a famous mother and all the success himself it would be hard to account for everyday life without mentioning people and places specifically. Overall I enjoyed this and it was a fairly quick read. Huge thanks to Goodreads and Henry Holt and Company (a trademark of Macmillan Publishing) for providing giveaways. Their giveaway has in no way influenced my rating, nor was I under any obligation to review the book after reading it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Micah

    I remember Kravitz being on Total Request Live on MTV back in the day. As he reads his own autobiography, he includes a few passages where he sings. Hope there is a follow up to "Let Love Rule." I remember Kravitz being on Total Request Live on MTV back in the day. As he reads his own autobiography, he includes a few passages where he sings. Hope there is a follow up to "Let Love Rule."

  8. 4 out of 5

    Riin Aljas

    As a longtime fan of Lenny and especially his first four albums, I'd obviously listen(audiobook is better than the written version in that case) to his memoir the moment it came out. Yet, I didn't have any expectations for it to be good. But it was amazing, and even if you're not a fan of his music. Its' a deeply personal look into the 70's New York, 80s California, culture, music scene, family, and mostly about the love for people and music. It's both funny, but also very beautiful and thoughtf As a longtime fan of Lenny and especially his first four albums, I'd obviously listen(audiobook is better than the written version in that case) to his memoir the moment it came out. Yet, I didn't have any expectations for it to be good. But it was amazing, and even if you're not a fan of his music. Its' a deeply personal look into the 70's New York, 80s California, culture, music scene, family, and mostly about the love for people and music. It's both funny, but also very beautiful and thoughtful.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Marta Lane

    Let the music rule I love Lenny’s music but I didn’t enjoy this book until the final chapters when Lisa came into his life. Before then there were typos and lists of famous names and places where Lenny lived. I like books that I can emotionally invest in, and that’s hard to do when the narrator is telling you a story as if he’s reading a menu. But once Lisa came into Lenny’s life, everything about Lenny gelled, and as I read, I felt his passion and immediacy and love. As far as Lenny’s storytelli Let the music rule I love Lenny’s music but I didn’t enjoy this book until the final chapters when Lisa came into his life. Before then there were typos and lists of famous names and places where Lenny lived. I like books that I can emotionally invest in, and that’s hard to do when the narrator is telling you a story as if he’s reading a menu. But once Lisa came into Lenny’s life, everything about Lenny gelled, and as I read, I felt his passion and immediacy and love. As far as Lenny’s storytelling goes, I prefer to let his music rule.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mari Luangrath Ullrick

    Whatever you do, listen to this on audiobook. Lenny Kravitz is hot, and obviously so is his storytelling voice. Le Sigh.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    It was good, but it was only half a book and stopped after the birth of his daughter Zoë. So there's another 31 years to find out about. But it was well-written and held my interest. It was good, but it was only half a book and stopped after the birth of his daughter Zoë. So there's another 31 years to find out about. But it was well-written and held my interest.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Toni

    Lenny tells you his story from birth, childhood, teen, to young adult. He stops at 25 years old, the year after he and Lisa Bonet were married and became parents to the beautiful, Zoe. It’s also the year he finally ‘makes it,’ as a rocker with his song.’Let Love Rule.’ However, his last paragraph indicates his youth and inexperience at that time, led to the typical mistakes most young rockers make when fame, money and life in the fast lane are thrust upon you. I guess his next book will let us k Lenny tells you his story from birth, childhood, teen, to young adult. He stops at 25 years old, the year after he and Lisa Bonet were married and became parents to the beautiful, Zoe. It’s also the year he finally ‘makes it,’ as a rocker with his song.’Let Love Rule.’ However, his last paragraph indicates his youth and inexperience at that time, led to the typical mistakes most young rockers make when fame, money and life in the fast lane are thrust upon you. I guess his next book will let us know the details, since the very last line was, ‘to be continued.’ I alternated between the ebook and the audio, preferring to listen to his deep, sexy voice. Even at fifty years old, he’s looking good. His music; ehh. Even though we know some of what part two wiil contain, I’ll still read and/or listen to it. Don’t want to miss any details! Fun read and still a fan. 😎

  13. 5 out of 5

    Acordul Fin

    The book focuses on his childhood and very young adulthood up until the point when his daughter was born and he launched his first album. He talked about what it was like to grow up with parents who were a big deal in showbiz and his relationship with different people. He had a tense relationship with his father, great one with his mom, grandparents, and extended family and he was into music from a young age, obviously. He name-drops a lot of famous people but of course, that would happen as his The book focuses on his childhood and very young adulthood up until the point when his daughter was born and he launched his first album. He talked about what it was like to grow up with parents who were a big deal in showbiz and his relationship with different people. He had a tense relationship with his father, great one with his mom, grandparents, and extended family and he was into music from a young age, obviously. He name-drops a lot of famous people but of course, that would happen as his parents were very well-connected. It's no surprise man famous people had been in his life from a young age. The biggest struggle in his life was his relationship with his father but it's all green lights from there. He received so much love and attention from the rest of his family and friends that it's no wonder he could just surf confidently through life. This memoir was generally just factual, nothing too in-depth or anything but hearing about all the support he received did make me think a lot about how a lot of us are not fortunate to experience that. And I don't mean the financial support for the connections, I mean the affection and encouragement he received in critical moments of his life, only a few people are fortunate enough to get this in their lives.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Darcy

    Lenny Kravitz is an artist I've known about, liked his music, seemed a big of a hippie out of his time period. So when this book popped up on my library's website, I thought why not give it a try. As I was listening I realized there was a lot I was familiar with, had heard about at some time, then forgotten, like how his mom was and that at one time he went by the name Romeo Blue. I liked hearing of how he grew up, how he found a way to fit in in a lot of different places and how he didn't shy a Lenny Kravitz is an artist I've known about, liked his music, seemed a big of a hippie out of his time period. So when this book popped up on my library's website, I thought why not give it a try. As I was listening I realized there was a lot I was familiar with, had heard about at some time, then forgotten, like how his mom was and that at one time he went by the name Romeo Blue. I liked hearing of how he grew up, how he found a way to fit in in a lot of different places and how he didn't shy away from where he screwed up or some aspects of his parents relationship. If I have one beef with this book is that it ended right when he hit it big with Let Love Rule. Why...why would you end things there??? So much more to talk about.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Hilary

    Despite the book sometimes making me roll my eyes with ridiculous cliche lines, I really did enjoy it. I find Lenny Kravitz infinitely interesting, and I’ve always enjoyed his music. I liked reading about his formative years and his relationship with his parents. I must say though, I am most curious about what lead to the breakdown of his relationship with Lisa Bonet. I’ve read articles about Lisa and their daughter Zoe who’ve both briefly touched upon it, so I’m definitely intrigued. It wasn’t Despite the book sometimes making me roll my eyes with ridiculous cliche lines, I really did enjoy it. I find Lenny Kravitz infinitely interesting, and I’ve always enjoyed his music. I liked reading about his formative years and his relationship with his parents. I must say though, I am most curious about what lead to the breakdown of his relationship with Lisa Bonet. I’ve read articles about Lisa and their daughter Zoe who’ve both briefly touched upon it, so I’m definitely intrigued. It wasn’t covered in this book, but hinted at. It seems this is just part I of his journey. I’ll definitely be picking up part II when it comes out.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Angel White

    Love Lenny Kravitz and was super excited to receive this memoir. This was a lot of fun to read and listen to (I switched back and forth). Who wouldn't want to listen to his sexy voice??!! I always had a feeling he was a bit of a wild child and it was interesting to read about how he grew up. The only thing that irked me is that his story stops short so we are left with a tease of a half-finished journey. Come on Lenny!!?? 😂😂😂 Aside from being left hanging this is well written and really let's you Love Lenny Kravitz and was super excited to receive this memoir. This was a lot of fun to read and listen to (I switched back and forth). Who wouldn't want to listen to his sexy voice??!! I always had a feeling he was a bit of a wild child and it was interesting to read about how he grew up. The only thing that irked me is that his story stops short so we are left with a tease of a half-finished journey. Come on Lenny!!?? 😂😂😂 Aside from being left hanging this is well written and really let's you into his heart and how he came to be Lenny. It's a great read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Even if Lenny Kravitz didn't grow up to be the "Lenny Kravitz" he still has an interesting childhood story to tell. The son of the incomparable Roxy Roker and distant Jewish father, Sy, Lenny starts out in NYC area and then gets culture shock when family moves to LA because Ms Roxy lands iconic role on "The Jeffersons." This book ends at Lennys 25th year as a 'to be continued...' Good read, best part was when Lenny was leaving house with a flamboyant outfit on, including a skirt and he runs into Even if Lenny Kravitz didn't grow up to be the "Lenny Kravitz" he still has an interesting childhood story to tell. The son of the incomparable Roxy Roker and distant Jewish father, Sy, Lenny starts out in NYC area and then gets culture shock when family moves to LA because Ms Roxy lands iconic role on "The Jeffersons." This book ends at Lennys 25th year as a 'to be continued...' Good read, best part was when Lenny was leaving house with a flamboyant outfit on, including a skirt and he runs into Mom Roxy. She checks him out and instead of being shocked or saying something negative she says "If you're gonna wear that skirt, you need to change your shoes. Those shoes are not working."

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    I listened to this and his voice is hypnotizing! I didn’t realize he was so cultured. His life by the age of 6 puts my 41 years to shame. And it continues throughout the book. He efficiently goes through his life events but at each turn there are jaw-dropping names, shows, and experiences! A fun read for a music lover.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kendell Lindsay

    Listened to audio version, not the most riveting memoir but he sounds so damn sexy.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ariel James

    just when it was getting good, it was over. 😭

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sandee Guzman

    I may be biased in my opinion because I absolutely love Lenny 😍. His passion and determination for his art brilliantly shines in this book. I want more 😊

  22. 4 out of 5

    Brian Niemiec

    I saw Lenny Kravitz perform here in DC maybe about ten years ago. During his performance, he paused after every song to tell a story. This was just at the time Metro had decided to cut hours. I and other attendees we're starting to grow antsy knowing that we'd probably have to leave before the end of his concert and we'd miss some great songs. I remember sitting there listening to him go on and on about his grandmother thing, "Oh dear God, please just sing." Let Love Rule is Kravitz's biography u I saw Lenny Kravitz perform here in DC maybe about ten years ago. During his performance, he paused after every song to tell a story. This was just at the time Metro had decided to cut hours. I and other attendees we're starting to grow antsy knowing that we'd probably have to leave before the end of his concert and we'd miss some great songs. I remember sitting there listening to him go on and on about his grandmother thing, "Oh dear God, please just sing." Let Love Rule is Kravitz's biography up until the release of that landmark debut album. He is such an upbeat guy that it's hard to imagine the anger in him at his abusive father, leaving home at 16 and turning down record deals even though he was living in a rented car. Everything is light, breezy and gonna be alright. The biography is written in a shorthand that lacks emotion. It's meant for fans that want to know just enough without getting too deep and bummed out. Still his story is extraordinary, at least to me, and I enjoyed learning "just enough". He promises "to be continued" at the end. I hope he goes a little deeper and explores more emotion for his next 25 years. Now that Lenny has managed to get his first quarter decade in print, maybe there will be less talking at the next concert.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Debi

    Let Love Rule is eponymously named after the song that seemingly launched Lenny Kravitz's rock n roll career. It is also comes at the end of or as he states on the last page, to be continued... of the book that takes you through the first 25 years of Lenny's life. Let Love Rule is not a tell-all about the Rock n Roll life, though there are plenty of mentions of the incredibly famous black and some white entertainers that were in and out of his youth via his parent's friends and work relations. T Let Love Rule is eponymously named after the song that seemingly launched Lenny Kravitz's rock n roll career. It is also comes at the end of or as he states on the last page, to be continued... of the book that takes you through the first 25 years of Lenny's life. Let Love Rule is not a tell-all about the Rock n Roll life, though there are plenty of mentions of the incredibly famous black and some white entertainers that were in and out of his youth via his parent's friends and work relations. The memoir is more of a how did I get here from there story. Lenny Kravitz was born into two worlds, black & white, Jewish & Gentile, Manhattan and Brooklyn, and loving and stern. Except for the sternness he encountered throughout his formative years with his white, Jewish father, he thrived on the opposites of his life. Lenny joyfully extols the love he had for his grandparents and the role they had in his life. His mother held a place of love and security, virtue and respect. Lenny's freewheeling and undisciplined personality grated on his father and their lack of communication is foremost in their relationship. Regardless, when in need, Lenny could always count on his dad to help out. Throughout the book, Lenny holds himself accountable for actions that might have been hurtful to both his family and love interests. He also shares his journey to understanding the drive he felt toward music and developing his sense of who he is. For those who remember the 60's-80's, there is lots to reminiscence about. Lenny Kravitz's upbringing is unusual, to be sure. If anything, I'd have liked the book to go past the first quarter of his life.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    SPOILERS so if you didn't read Lenny's book yet, please don't read my review. I could had easily read this book in a much shorter time span than the 5 days it took me. More like max 3, and here's why: My husband reads autobiographies and ordered Let Love Rule months ago through Amazon. When it arrived, much to our surprise two were inside the box. I knew instantly I would give one to my sister who feels the same way about the singer as I do: love his music and do I need to mention how darn sexy h SPOILERS so if you didn't read Lenny's book yet, please don't read my review. I could had easily read this book in a much shorter time span than the 5 days it took me. More like max 3, and here's why: My husband reads autobiographies and ordered Let Love Rule months ago through Amazon. When it arrived, much to our surprise two were inside the box. I knew instantly I would give one to my sister who feels the same way about the singer as I do: love his music and do I need to mention how darn sexy he is?! I told my hubby when he was ready to begin this book, I'll read the other one, so we can discuss it together. But he's a slow reader and only reads a few pages per night. I should had known better. As I've finished this book and started another, he's still only on page 20. Anyho..... Let Love Rule is the first 25 years of Lenny Kravitz's life. He is a product of famous parents, his father a white Jew, a high-powered news executive and his mother Roxie Roker, a black woman, an actress and most famous for playing Helen Willis on the Jefferson (I used to love that show when I was a girl). While he didn't get along with his very strict military style father, you definitely feel the love and respect he holds so dear to his mother. There are only 3 things I knew about Lenny Kravitz going into his book; his famous mother, his music and he was married to Lisa Bonet. So what he shares with us was all new to me and sometimes it really surprised me, like when his father kicked him out of their family home at, if I remember correctly, 16. Along the way he drops a zillion famous names, and I'm going to be honest here, I don't know probably 3/4 of them. And he spent a lot of time trying to find his voice and where he belongs in the music industry. Towards the end, I was thinking, okay man, there's another someone you've said no too. It's very obvious, he had the benefits and was very privileged because he was surrounded by wealth and his friends or his mother's friends who took him in, or he had a couple of rich girlfriends who helped him with money when he needed it. And yeah he went through a stage of living in his car and working a couple of jobs at the same time... He also had a lot of fantastic opportunities like going to Africa the summer between 8th & 9th grades (so cool!) and being in the California Boys' Choir (equivalent to the Vienna Boys Choir). Again so cool! Let Love Rule is a quick and easy read with short chapters with some family pictures he's shared. His words flew off the pages like he was talking to you. Of course when I finished the book, I went onto youtube and started watching a few of his old videos, enjoying his music. I still love him! The story ends with him being married to Lisa Bonet, their daughter being born, and his music career about to take off. The last line was epic, "To be continued....." and that's when I laughed. Lennie = Romeo Blue = Lenny <3

  25. 4 out of 5

    Gio

    Strange, that in the days when I started listening to music I had a collection of albums. Now I just tap my music app and I can collect all of my favorite songs in one place. I had fun flipping through stacks of vinyl albums and Tower Music. I'd meet friends and we'd swap albums after we'd played the same music, on high volume over and over again driving our parents crazy. My brothers kept my albums back home in Arizona where they still play them on an old record player. I modernized and bought Strange, that in the days when I started listening to music I had a collection of albums. Now I just tap my music app and I can collect all of my favorite songs in one place. I had fun flipping through stacks of vinyl albums and Tower Music. I'd meet friends and we'd swap albums after we'd played the same music, on high volume over and over again driving our parents crazy. My brothers kept my albums back home in Arizona where they still play them on an old record player. I modernized and bought CDs and eventually went all digital. I miss those days of listening to albums, but I'm not one to regress, at least not yet. Style over substance or vice versa? Lenny Kravitz was one of my favorite artists. His albums sit in a leaning stack on a shelf next to my brother's hi-fi. Lenny's book helped settle the few mistaken ideas I'd formed about him. I always thought Lenny was a stylish persona with a lot of flair and a fairly good songbook of his own. His music is still so unique that I have a playlist of his songs on my phone. Until I picked up this book, Lenny never struck me as having much substance. Turns out he does along with a deep love and respect of self. Lenny, like me is of mixed ethnicity and it's very clear that he embraced his Black heritage as much as his Jewish heritage. He also has values that never came across in any of the sensational Rolling Stone articles about him. More over this book makes it clear that he had a tough / cynical father and an gentle / optimistic mother. Together they formed a man who embraced his cultures and had the resilience to weather some tough storms. The book was a fast read and I rated it highly because there's a lot more to this memoir than a first read might lead one to believe. It's good for the way Lenny dealt with adversity. It's good because it's about embracing one's self. It's good because it's about the music and the man. It's good because Lenny proves that there is such a thing as 'Style with Substance'.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Leigh Kramer

    I thoroughly enjoyed this! I listened on audiobook since Lenny narrates and this is absolutely the way to go. That voice!!! In addition to narrating, there are clips of him singing, including a favorite song when he was child and a church band he was part of. I’ve only known the broadest outlines of his life so I learned a ton. He starts out by reflecting on being a Gemini and the way he sees many dualities in his life, from having a Black mom and white father and so on. I was surprised to find I thoroughly enjoyed this! I listened on audiobook since Lenny narrates and this is absolutely the way to go. That voice!!! In addition to narrating, there are clips of him singing, including a favorite song when he was child and a church band he was part of. I’ve only known the broadest outlines of his life so I learned a ton. He starts out by reflecting on being a Gemini and the way he sees many dualities in his life, from having a Black mom and white father and so on. I was surprised to find out he was part of a boys choir and that he joined the Seventh Day Adventist Church. It was really interesting to hear his thoughts about faith and spirituality, particularly because of how open he is and how it all intersects with his dad being Jewish. And while I knew who his mom was, I did not know just how many big names were a part of his life (one of his godmothers is Cicely Tyson!) or how they influenced the trajectory of his career. I love that he had a sense of how Lisa Bonet would factor into his life well before they ever met. It was sweet to hear about the start of their relationship and Zoe’s birth. This only covers right up to when his career starts to take off and I’m looking forward to the next part of the story. As this book ended, he reflected that he was about to make some big mistakes and his story is to be continued. He’s a fascinating man, as fascinating as he’s attractive, really. Because I listened to this, I didn’t do a great job tracking content warnings so here’s a partial list: parental infidelity, marijuana, racism, anti-Semitism, death of grandparent, friend’s substance abuse, teen friend had a pimp and he rescued her

  27. 4 out of 5

    David

    Similar to a support band taking the stage before the main performer, this book is a prelude, and therefore it isn’t what I was seeking and it’s certainly not what I paid for. Marketed as the memoir of Lenny Kravitz it merely covers his first 25 years and ends suddenly as he signs his first recording contract. Written in simple prose and easy to read, it tells details his New York and Hollywood youth, his development into a hippy, and his awakening to Christianity. What is doesn’t really cover i Similar to a support band taking the stage before the main performer, this book is a prelude, and therefore it isn’t what I was seeking and it’s certainly not what I paid for. Marketed as the memoir of Lenny Kravitz it merely covers his first 25 years and ends suddenly as he signs his first recording contract. Written in simple prose and easy to read, it tells details his New York and Hollywood youth, his development into a hippy, and his awakening to Christianity. What is doesn’t really cover is what he is famous for - his success as a song writer, musician, and superstar vocalist. I can only guess another memoir is forthcoming, but it’s a bit cheeky to expect me to pay again for something I thought I was buying the first time. It’s no wonder many concert-goers skip the support band and arrive later for the advertised performer - in this instance, I wish that I had.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kim Smiley

    This was a very good book, the CD's voiced by Lenny Kravitz himself. It's cool to hear him tell his story. My biggest complaint is that the story ends too early. We get his entire story, from all of the people in his family, where he lived, who took care of him, etc. The story ends just as he finally gets the record deal that he wants and finds himself as the person he wants to be. It's one heck of a journey, and he knows A LOT of famous people both in tv and in music, thanks to his famous paren This was a very good book, the CD's voiced by Lenny Kravitz himself. It's cool to hear him tell his story. My biggest complaint is that the story ends too early. We get his entire story, from all of the people in his family, where he lived, who took care of him, etc. The story ends just as he finally gets the record deal that he wants and finds himself as the person he wants to be. It's one heck of a journey, and he knows A LOT of famous people both in tv and in music, thanks to his famous parents. Very interesting person. If you like his music, you'll like his story. I just hope there's a part 2!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Seattle Soul

    It’s a very interesting story about a very creative man and his family. The down side of the story is that it ends about 30 years ago, leaving you with the feeling that he is still married to Lisa B, who has gone on to marry again and has two teenagers from that marriage. It feels like it stops short of the story or that Lenny is still in love with his first wife.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    Appreciate it Lenny Kravitz sharing his history and families famous background, encounters with incredible legends (such as Duke Ellington singing at his sixth birthday) and his perspective on the world. Such touching accounts of the evolution of his life and music. True gift to hear him tell it.

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