Autobiographies provide context. They’re records of events and situations from the personal perspective of an individual with intimate knowledge of the situations in their life. Rogers talks about his five marriages, his children, and even that one point in his life that he used a restricted phone number and “enjoyed talking with beautiful, alluring women on the phone.” Being accused of sexual harassment, he became the 1993 celebrity du jour for the tabloids. Along with over thirty color photographs, this book’s narrative is revealing and inspiring, understanding and uplifting.
At seventy-three years old, Kenny Rogers provides a thoughtful account of his life to this point in time, without being overly self-indulgent. Like many of his hit ballads, Luck or Something Like It exhibits a lot of soul. Rogers relates his life journey with shrewd perception and keen awareness, although none of the characters are quite as bad off as the man that Lucille tragically left in the song. Luck or Something Like It is an enjoyable read about his music career, family, friends, interests, and memories. It also emphasizes the well-rounded, mature nature of Kenny Rogers as musician, actor, author, photographer, athlete, businessman, philanthropist and matriarch. He’s clearly still a visionary artist in motion.