Words: ROBIN MUMFORD
Genesis Publications have opened pre-orders for the upcoming book, Lenny Kravitz: The Formative Years, 1989 – 1993 by Lenny Kravitz and David Hindley. The forthcoming book, which will feature Lenny Kravitz in a collection of photographs that document his explosive rise to fame, will first become available as a collectors signed limited edition, and later as a trade hardcover for bookstores worldwide.
For those who are unfamiliar with the far-reaching, American-born artist, Lenny Kravitz is known for his extensive latitude of genres, merging a plethora of sounds and influences to forge a successful music career. His style incorporates elements of rock, blues, soul, R&B, funk, jazz, reggae, hard rock, psychedelic, pop, folk, and ballads.
Kravitz won the Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance four years in a row from 1999 to 2002, breaking the record for most wins in a category and setting the record for most consecutive wins in one category by a male.
Now, with the help of this brand-new release, his story is spectacularly told. Lenny Kravitz: The Formative Years reveals a panoramic visual landscape captured by photographer David Hindley who was given full access during the legendary tours, from 1989 through 1995, when Kravitz released his first three albums Let Love Rule, Mama Said and Are You Gonna Go My Way. Their work together continues to this day.
In a career of more than forty years, Lenny Kravitz has continued to be one of the most exciting performers in music. His genre-defying approach to music has continued to capture the soul of millions of fans across the world, and as a result, Kravitz has sold over 40 million albums worldwide.
"I was experiencing a creative birth. I had the good fortune to have that experience captured by exactly the right photographer. Our rapport was unexpected. Spontaneous. Magical." - Lenny Kravitz
In 2011, Kravitz was honoured with one of the highest cultural titles in France. He was made an Officer of Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by French cultural minister, Frederic Mitterrand, in Paris. Most recently, Kravitz released his eleventh studio album Raise Vibration, and soon after confirmed he is working on a follow-up.
Lenny Kravitz: The Formative Years is limited to 2,000 copies worldwide, each numbered and individually signed by the author, Lenny Kravitz. The first 350 copies are Deluxe copies. Quarter-bound in black vegan leather with a cloth cover, the Deluxe copies are accompanied by an original photographic print of Lenny Kravitz, hand-numbered and signed by David Hindley, which is suitable for framing (size: 8" x 10" | 20cm x 25cm).
The Deluxe copies are housed in a solander box with yellow foiling and feature an inset photograph of Lenny Kravitz on the cover. Each Collector copy is hand-numbered and individually signed by the author, Lenny Kravitz. Limited to just 1,650 copies worldwide, this large-format volume (240 x 320mm / 9 ½" x 12 ½") is printed on heavyweight 200gsm paper. Quarter-bound in black vegan leather, with a screen-printed cover and silver page edging, the book is presented in a slipcase with a yellow foil block on the front, spine and back.