In Conversation: On Let Love Rule

Multiple Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Lenny Kravitz reflects on the first 25 years of his life in his new autobiography, Let Love Rule, the timeline of which culminates in the […]

In Conversation: On Let Love Rule

Authors:Kiesha Garrison, Lenny Kravitz

Multiple Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Lenny Kravitz reflects on the first 25 years of his life in his new autobiography, Let Love Rule, the timeline of which culminates in the release of his first studio album, which shares the book’s title.

Kravitz muses over duality – he grew up the son of Black Caribbean actress Roxie Roker, a Christian, and Sy Kravitz, a successful TV producer who was white and Jewish – and follows his discovery of and immersion in music, his life-changing relationship with ex-wife Lisa Bonet and the joy of being a father (their daughter is actress Zoë Kravitz), and his unwavering stance on making his music, his way, despite the many opportunities he had to sign with other labels before finding his first home with Virgin records. Along the way he shares personal revelations, traumatic moments, and drops a who’s who list of bold-faced music and movie industry names, making this glimpse into the life and mind of a rock star a scenic ride. He’s speaking with Kiesha Garrison, director of communications and culture programs at Microsoft.

Kiesha Garrison

Kiesha Garrison is the Director of Communications and Culture at Microsoft. Her professional experience spans 18 years of marketing & partnership development in technology and publishing (People, In Style, This Old House). She also delights in her work as a special events emcee, stand-up comedian, and hosting the vlog Another Black Girl. 

Lenny Kravitz

Lenny Kravitz is a multiple GRAMMY-winning singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and actor. His style incorporates elements of rock, blues, soul, R&B, and psychedelia. He has sold more than an estimated 40 million records. Kravitz is also an interior and furniture designer and launched his own company Kravitz Design in 2015. Titled after his first studio album, released in 1989, Kravitz’ autobiography Let Love Rule (Henry Holt and Co.), co-written with biographer David Ritz, covers the first 25 years of his life. It tells the story of a creative kid who, despite his struggles at school and extreme tension at home, finds salvation in music. As it addresses Kravitz’ time in New York and Los Angeles, as well as further afield in France, England, and Germany, Let Love Rule introduces us to 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, and follow along as Kravitz turns down record deal after record deal, until he finds the right fit. “That journey, full of adventure, was where I found myself and my voice,” he said.

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