Global Superstar Lenny Kravitz’s Memoir ‘Let Love Rule’ Out Fall 2020 for Henry Holt and Company Chronicles First 25 Years of His Life
New York, N.Y., JUNE 30th – Lenny Kravitz, the Grammy-winning rock icon with international renown as a multi-hyphenate musician, songwriter, record producer, photographer, activist, designer, actor and philanthropist will pen “Let Love Rule: A Memoir” [October 6, 2020; 272 pp. with 16 pp. color photo insert; $29.99] that covers the first 25 years of his life for Henry Holt and Company. Kravitz’s co-author is biographer and songwriter David Ritz, and Kravitz will be narrating the audiobook version himself. Holt acquired North American, audio and first serial rights to the memoir. The book will be edited by Serena Jones, executive editor.
Said Lenny Kravitz, “I am pleased to announce the release of my book ‘Let Love Rule.’ Writing this memoir has been a beautiful and interesting experience taking me through the first 25 years of my life, from birth to release of my first album. That journey, full of adventure, was where I found myself and my voice. Through that experience, love was the force that paved the way and love became my message.”
As a portrait of an artist as a young man, “Let Love Rule”—which takes its title from Kravitz’s first album—covers a vast canvas stretching from Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant, Los Angeles’ Baldwin Hills, Beverly Hills and finally 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. In one lightning-fast chapter after another, 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 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 himself 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.
About Lenny Kravitz
Regarded as one of the preeminent rock musicians of our time, Lenny Kravitz has transcended genre, style, race and class over the course of a 20-year musical career. Reveling in the soul, rock and funk influences the ‘60s and ‘70s, the writer, producer and multi-instrumentalist has won four consecutive Grammy® Awards, as well as set a record for the most wins in the “Best Male Rock Vocal Performance” category. In addition to his eleven studio albums, which have sold 40 million worldwide, this multidimensional artist has segued into film, appearing as Cinna in the box-office hits, “The Hunger Games,” “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” and critically-acclaimed films “Precious” and “The Butler.” His creative firm Kravitz Design Inc. touts an impressive portfolio of noteworthy ventures, with a range that includes hotel properties, condominium projects, private residences, and high-end legendary brands like Rolex, Leica and Dom Perignon. He is also the author of “Flash” a book which showcases unique rock photography. Kravitz was recently named as the new face of Saint Laurent’s Fall/Winter 2020 campaign. Kravitz recently released his eleventh full-length album, “Raise Vibration.”
About David Ritz
David Ritz has collaborated with everyone from Ray Charles to Aretha Franklin.
About Henry Holt and Company
Henry Holt and Company has been publishing quality fiction and nonfiction books for more than 150 years. A trade division of the Macmillan Publishing Group, Holt, along with its imprints Metropolitan Books and Andy Cohen Books, is a distinguished publisher of prize-winning books in general nonfiction in the areas of the arts, biography, current events, history, memoir, politics, science, sports and thought leadership and of literary and commercial fiction. Current authors on the Holt and Metropolitan lists include: Stacey Abrams, Paul Auster, Rick Atkinson, John Banville, Russell Brand, Stephen L. Carter, Susan Choi, Andy Cohen, Sebastian Faulks, Caroline Fraser, Atul Gawande, Greg Grandin, Elton John, Stephen Kinzer, Bernard-Henri Lévy, Hilary Mantel, Bill McKibben, Richard Price, Todd Purdum, Jeffrey Rosen, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and Michael Wolff among many others.
About Macmillan
Macmillan Publishers is a global trade book publishing company with prominent imprints around the world. Macmillan publishes a broad range of award-winning books for children and adults in all categories and formats. U.S. publishers include Celadon Books, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Flatiron Books, Henry Holt and Company, Macmillan Audio, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, St. Martin’s Press, and Tor Books. In the UK, Australia, India, and South Africa, Macmillan publishes under the Pan Macmillan name. The German company, Holtzbrinck Deutsche Buchverlage, includes among its imprints S. Fischer, Kiepenheuer and Witsch, Rowohlt, and Droemer Knaur.
Macmillan Publishers is a division of the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, a large family-owned media company headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany. []
LENNY KRAVITZ Media Contact:
Carleen Donovan / [email protected]
HENRY HOLT Media Contact:
Marian Brown / [email protected]
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