Ricky Nelson: Idol for a Generation

by Joel Selvin

Of the top '50s rock-n-roll stars, only Elvis Presley could boast a name and face better known than Ricky Nelson's. The star of TV's top-rated Ozzie and Harriet. Nelson burst into stardom as one of TV's first child actors. His death in an airplane crash shattered America's dreams.

This revealing biography exposes the truth about the teen idol, detailing Nelson's desolate years of depression, his determination to establish an adult identity and gain the respect he deserved as a musician, the years of his drug addition, and his frustration with the disastrous end of his nineteen-year marriage to California golden girl Kristin Harmon.

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