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The San Francisco Chronicle calls Brother Ray "an emotional blast as vivid and real, sweaty and straight talking as the man himself".
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By Rod on 05-22-16
Brother Ray is a true inspiration
Brother Ray (Ray Charles Own Story) was a great book as far as I was concerned. I have always been a fan of Charles’ music. After watching the movie “Ray” (2004) with Jamie Foxx, I became fascinated with the man. The book shows a much more detailed look into his life and what makes him such an inspiration for anyone with a disability (or without one). By the time Ray is thirty two years old, he overcame poverty, blindness, the loss of both parents, and the widespread racism of his era. He wasn’t afraid to dip into new genres (gospel, blues, and even country music). Very independent, even turning down a presidential invite to play the White House because they didn’t allow him the proper time to prepare. Ray never gave out autographs, even refusing President Johnson one. This book is funny, sad, melancholy and ever emotion in between.