• Lightning Striking

  • Ten Transformative Moments in Rock and Roll
  • By: Lenny Kaye
  • Narrated by: Lenny Kaye
  • Length: 17 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Music
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

“We have performed side-by-side on the global stage through half a century.... In Lightning Striking, Lenny Kaye has illuminated ten facets of the jewel called rock and roll from a uniquely personal and knowledgeable perspective.” (Patti Smith)

An insider’s take on the evolution and enduring legacy of the music that rocked the 20th century.

Memphis, 1954. New Orleans 1957. Philadelphia 1959. Liverpool, 1962. San Francisco 1967. Detroit 1969. New York, 1975. London 1977. Los Angeles 1984/Norway 1993. Seattle 1991.

Rock and roll was birthed in basements and garages, radio stations and dance halls, in cities where unexpected gatherings of artists and audience changed and charged the way music is heard and celebrated, capturing lightning in a bottle. Musician and writer Lenny Kaye explores 10 crossroads of time and place that define rock and roll, its unforgettable flashpoints, characters, and visionaries, how each generation came to be, how it was discovered by the world. Whether describing Elvis Presley’s Memphis, the Beatles’ Liverpool, Patti Smith’s New York, or Kurt Cobain’s Seattle, Lightning Striking reveals the communal energy that creates a scene, a guided tour inside style and performance, to see who’s on stage, along with the movers and shakers, the hustlers and hangers-on, and why everybody is listening. 

Grandly sweeping and minutely detailed, informed by Kaye’s acclaimed knowledge and experience as a working musician, Lightning Striking is an ear-opening insight into our shared musical and cultural history, a carpet ride of rock and roll’s most influential movements and moments.

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.  

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2021 Lenny Kaye (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Who doesn’t love a good R&R story?

Such a deep dive into the magic moments and places when music explodes into something so much more. Lenny thrills with details and a story telling gift as he shares his passion for the music that he loves so much. Perfect!