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Story of Rock and Roll

Jerry Lee Lewis

Year: 2001

Runtime: 00:52:13

Jerry Lee Lewis - Story of Rock and Roll is a biography of pioneering rock-and-roller Jerry Lee Lewis, with clips from his past concerts, television and movie appearances.

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