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Publisher's Summary

'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 humour. 

'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.'

This program includes performances of the lyrics that appear in the book. These include Lenny's songs (performed with original instrumentation), as well as songs from his childhood, rhymes he sang with his Grandma Bessie and hymns he performed with his high school choir. 

©2020 Lenny Kravitz (P)2020 Hachette Audio UK

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Where is the rest of it

Um, did Lenny get bored and loose interest in writing his memoirs? So much missing. Are you gonna go my way isn’t even mentioned?! I’m very confused.

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average at best

almost a pointless book. was expecting more on his life after he had made it

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  • Lorraine
  • 23-01-2021

Lots of name dropping and not much else...

This book was alright, but the constant name dropping was quite jarring as lots of it didn't lead anywhere. The narration is also quite stilted, so even though I wanted to find out what happened, part of me didn't really care at the same time. I knew nothing about Lenny's story before reading this, and because he kind of comes across like a bit of a spoilt kid, my impression of him hasn't improved. Unfortunately, I think I liked him more before reading this book.

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  • Tips
  • 14-01-2021

Power of never giving up

Love LK music so hearing about not only his journey to getting signed as an artist but also his family history really puts into context the connection between music and experience.
Great story telling, such clear memories, very interesting and wild life.
Looking forward to hearing the next book about his life.

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  • Carey Hollick
  • 07-01-2021

The love for Lenny just grows and grows!!

I've loved Lenny for more than half my life, 30 years or so, the first time hearing Fields of Joy ( a guy I was dating put it on a mixed tape) was the first time I fell in love. His story told by him, was magical and I feel I know him personally. Thank you Lenny!! #letloverule

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  • Miss Pitstop 2
  • 30-11-2020

Beautiful beautiful beautiful opus

He has surpassed himself with a beautiful opus that gives us insight into his beautiful flawed soul. We learn what drove him , his mistakes and what we love about him , his poetry and his fabulous music. We want part 2 and quickly. You let love rule Lenny and it shows and it has touched all of us .

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  • Mickeythedancer
  • 22-11-2020

A great coming of age story

I was intrigued to hear this story after hearing an interview given by Lenny Kravitz on the Daily Show with Trevor Noah. Framed as a coming of age story, it was a really interesting & authentic journey of Lenny’s early life & all the influences that helped form his character & find his sound. Really beautifully told.

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  • Rebecca Galambos
  • 23-10-2020

magical

magical story. magical voice. lots story gave me insight into the journey of finding your sound. pouring every experience into creating magic.

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  • ryan
  • 21-10-2020

write the next one!

no need to comment on the narration, it was Lenny himself and like listening to silk pour into my ear holes.
the story is quite unexpected for me, someone I've followed for nearly 30 years and I didn't know his origins.
I'm taken back to 14 years old when the monthly random book club CDs came into our household and I got to listen to Are you gonna go may way, and the obsession began.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-10-2020

Listen your instinct

Emotinally beautiful and honest. Lenny takes us through the beginning and development of his musical journey. Most fascinating is how he was lead by his inner drive no matter all the opportunities that came his way. Insightful!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-10-2020

Beautiful, Deep, Honest Perspective.

The way in which Lenny brings you into his world to share his story, with such honesty and intimacy, it's an experience of personal reflection not only for Lenny, but also for the reader to see their own journey as equally important, if we learn anything from this narrative, ita that you never know where your journey will lead you.

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  • Benny
  • 09-10-2020

Great book, can't wait for volume 2...

It's great and I enjoyed Lenny's performance and story. It just felt like someone tore out the pages and left me without the last half of the book.
Good stuff so far.

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