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Synopsis: The cold steel slam of a cell door. The soul-crushing fate of a life in prison with no possibility of parole for a crime you didn't commit. Such were the prospects facing Johnny Bragg, a humble musician from rural Tennessee who led a life that reads like a novel. Johnny and his fellow inmates in the 1950's-era R&B music group the Prisonaires had four strikes against them. They were poor, uneducated, imprisoned, and Black. They were also largely innocent of their crimes. Their gut-wrenching story is one of courage in the face of impossible odds, and salvation amidst the harsh realities of racial injustice and prison brutality.
Championed by then Tennessee governor Frank Clement as an example of the possibility of prison reform, and asked to sing at the Governor's Mansion, the Prisonaires were more than just pioneers who built the foundation of modern R&B. Behind the soulful tenor of their leader, Johnny Bragg, the group was living proof that anyone can survive and overcome nightmarish adversity.
Just Walkin' in the Rain is a book for all audiences who want to delve into one of the most inspiring chapters in musical history. You'll read how Elvis was influenced by the group's amazing sound. You may be stunned to discover that Johnny Bragg wrote the legendary song "Just Walkin' in the Rain" and the Hank Williams classic, "Your Cheatin' Heart."
About the Author:
Jay Warner is a six-time Grammy Award winning music publisher and writer. A devoted musical historian, he is the author of Billboard's Book of American Singing Groups and How to Have Your Hit Song Published. He resides in Los Angeles.
Title: Just Walkin' in the Rain: The True Story of ...
Publisher: Renaissance Books
Publication Date: 2001
Book Condition: Used: Good
Book Description St. Martin's Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Book shows a small amount of wear to cover and binding. Some pages show signs of use. Bookseller Inventory # G1580631401I3N00
Book Description Renaissance Books. Hardcover. Book Condition: VERY GOOD. Very Good copy, cover and pages show some wear from reading and storage. Binding may have light creases. Lots of life left in these pages. Bookseller Inventory # 2760961711
Book Description Renaissance Books. Hardcover. Book Condition: VERY GOOD. little to no wear, pages are clean. The cover and binding are crisp with next no creases. Bookseller Inventory # 2786139716
Book Description Renaissance Books. Hardcover. Book Condition: VERY GOOD. little to no wear, pages are clean. The cover and binding are crisp with next no creases. Bookseller Inventory # 2795351927
Book Description Renaissance Books. Hardcover. Book Condition: VERY GOOD. Cover and pages show some wear from reading and storage. May have creases on the cover and binding caused from handling and reading. Some pages may contain writing and or highlighting. Bookseller Inventory # 2806716641
Book Description Renaissance Books, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Included. 1st Edition. Front panel of dust jacket has small area of wear near spine; dust jacket has other minor edgewear; tight, text clean. 255 p. + plates. Published at $24.95. [b 824]. Bookseller Inventory # 201803
Book Description Los Angeles, CA: Renaissance Books, 2001., 2001. First edition (per publisher's statement upon copyright page). 251,  pages. Hardcover; H 23.5cm x L 15.5cm. Dust jacket rubbed, spine head bumped. Slate gray boards with vibrant silver stamped spine lettering, slight bumping to spine ends. Else a near fine copy in a very good+ dust jacket. Includes Foreword by Rick Dees, Introduction, two sections of b/w plates ion unpaged leaves, Postscript, Discography, Notes, References, and Index. Biography of singer-songwriter Johnny Bragg and his group The Prisonaires. ISBN 1580631401. Bookseller Inventory # JUN17-10506
Book Description RENAISSANCE BOOKS, LOS ANGELES, 2001. Hard Back. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Hard bound in dust cover both in very good condition. Front cover illustrated with black and white picturer. Cover and page edging are slightly soiled. Leaves are very clean. Illustrated with black and white picture's. Has 251 page's. Bookseller Inventory # MN5691
Book Description Renaissance Books, New York, New York, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # 6654
Book Description Renaissance Books, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. remainder mark Mint!!. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000057031