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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER"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 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...

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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
"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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        The singer/songwriter reflects on his early family life and the launch of his career. In this rapidly paced, mildly engaging memoir, Kravitz recalls the many events that influenced his younger self before making it in the music industry with the hit album Let Love Rule (1989). His mother was actress Roxie Roker of The Jeffersons, and his father was TV producer Sy Kravitz. Throughout, the author draws on the dual aspects of his upbringing. "I am deeply two-sided," he writes. "Black and white. Jewish and Christian. Manhattanite and Brooklynite. My young life was all about opposites and extremes." The author writes lovingly about his family members--including Sy, who "lived in a framework of extreme discipline" and withheld affection--and how their varied cultural experiences were a source of enrichment and support. Through his family connections, he also encountered a number of influential recording artists, including Miles Davis, Sarah Vaughan, and Herbie Hancock (there's plenty of name-dropping in the book). According to Kravitz, he resisted several lucrative recording deals before landing as a solo artist with Virgin Records. He was focused on authenticity and finding his true voice, an approach further inspired by his relationship with Lisa Bonet. "Lisa was bringing out something in myself I'd never seen before," he writes. "The poetry of my soul. She gave me courage, inspired me, changed my whole artistic attitude." Though Kravitz attempts to demonstrate his street credentials, describing his "nomad" experiences crashing at friends' apartments while seeking local gigs, the narrative, co-authored by veteran ghostwriter Ritz, has the slick feel of a standard-issue celebrity memoir. The text lacks the grit and deeper, soul-baring substance of notable recent music memoirs by the likes of Carrie Brownstein, Patti Smith, and Flea. In comparison, this book reads like an extended acknowledgements page; the author is grateful to those who helped him, but he rarely expresses the sensation of meeting and overcoming obstacles along his journey. A readable account for Kravitz fans.

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