Jerry Lee Lewis: I Am What I Am [DVD] [1989]

Follow the life of the man whose reckless antics at the piano injected rock-and-roll with a much-needed sense of danger before his career was momentarily sidelined by a scandalous love affair in this documentary profile of musical outlaw Jerry Lee Lewis. A man who truly lived as wildly as he played the piano, Lewis would face harrowing personal battles with drugs and alcohol before returning to the music scene as a country and western singer in the 1970s. In addition to insight from such contemporaries as Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Mickey Gilley, and Chuck Berry, this personal profile also offers rare footage of Lewis performing such hits as "Great Balls of Fire" and "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin On".
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Jerry Lee Lewis: I Am What I Am
This 1987 documentary presents the life story of influential singer, songwriter, and musician Jerry Lee Lewis, whose pioneering brand of country-blues-boogie shook the world of rock & roll. Nicknamed "The Killer," and a cousin of notorious televangelist Jimmy Swaggart, Lewis displayed a prodigious eclectic musical talent, absorbing and reworking blues, gospel, Al Jolson, rockabilly, and Hank Williams. This biography features interviews with Lewis and a lineup of performing artists and celebrities including Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Roy Orbison, Dick Clark, and Mickey Gilley. Highlights include concert footage of Lewis performing some of his greatest hits, such as "Great Balls of Fire," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," "Breathless," and "Crazy Arms." ~ Steve Blackburn, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Steve Allen
    Steve Allen
  • Paul Anka
    Paul Anka
  • Chuck Berry
    Chuck Berry
  • Johnny Cash
    Johnny Cash
  • Image coming soon
    Mickey Gilley
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