Kenny Rogers’ new memoir digs into his father’s alcoholism
Posted Friday, Oct. 5, 2012
This week, country music star Kenny Rogers released “Luck or Something Like It,” his memoir detailing his past, career and also discussing what it was like growing up in the atmosphere of alcoholism.
The Grammy-winning singer, who has been in the music industry for five decades, is one of the world's best-selling musicians with more than 120 million albums sold worldwide. Rogers opened up to Reuters this week before the memoir’s release regarding the details of his new revealing book.
Rogers gets candid about his father's struggles with alcoholism and the lasting effect it had on him.
"I think that one of the real tragedies in my life is that I never really got to know why my dad drank,” Rogers tells Reuters. “He was an alcoholic, but during that time, post-War World II, a lot of people were unemployed and ended up drinking. He couldn't really support his family and I think it just broke him down. It breaks my heart that I didn't know that before he passed away.
"I never drank in my life. I saw it destroy him and saw it destroy other people I work with, so I made a conscious decision about this. Plus I didn't know if there was any predetermination for me as the son of an alcoholic to become addicted, so I just never tried it."
“Luck or Something Like It” was released Tuesday, Oct. 2.
Click here to read the full Reuters article, where Rogers also discusses his notoriety for numerous marriages, brother and sisters and why music is like a mistress.