'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.'
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Let Love Rule is a loving portrait of moments that colour the life and pursuits of a rock icon. Sharing the title of his 1989 debut album, this memoir sees Lenny Kravitz lends his rich and enchanting vocal—and moments from a 10-album discography which soundtrack various chapters. What becomes clear is how his earliest memories—haunting dreams and traumatic family connections—appear to guide his life path. We receive narration of his parents’ first meeting and his own birth, all of which lends proceedings a surreal, dream-like pacing. Narrating the setting of his parents meeting and even his birth provides a surreal setting for smooth, dream-like pacing. Things rev up once the rock icon years kick in, but this is a constantly surprising, shape-shifting and effortlessly cool guide to a life lived by one’s own rules.