Title: Let Love Rule
Author/Narrator: Lenny Kravitz (with David Ritz)
Genre: Non-Fiction / Autobiography / Music / Memoir
First published: 2020
Edition: Audio book
“My life is all about opposites,” Lenny 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.”
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Lenny narrating the story of his youth. This is only a short memoir at under 300 pages and it covers Lenny’s life up till the release and touring of his first album Let Love Rule.
Lenny Kravitz is one of those artists that I have always liked, but that I have never really looked into. When this book came up for a book club I was actually really excited. The choice to go for the audio book was an easy one, as I already knew he had a voice that would work great for audio. I was right. His voice is so soothing to listen to.
He tells his story with a lot of heart and sincerity. He does not shy away from showing the wrong choices as well as the right ones. He paints a picture of a young man, who always knew he wanted to be a musician, but who took a while to find out who he actually was.
The narrative centres around relationships; with his parents and extended family, with friends, with girls, but also with faith. A lot of it centres around love in one way or another and it is this that makes it such a heartwarming memoir.
The memoir ends just when Lenny’s career starts to take off and I am sure there will be another book to tell that story. I kind of wish this was a bigger book that included his future career. On the other hand, the birth of his daughter and his first album makes a good conclusion to a story of a man finally finding himself.
I love that the name of the co-author is on the cover. I do not care who wrote what or who actually wrote the story. It is well told, in writing and in the narration, and I loved it.
6 out of 7 stars