Lenny Kravitz has always been reluctant to write a book because he doesn't think his life is "colourful" enough.

Lenny Kravitz

Lenny Kravitz

The 56-year-old musician has admitted he had to be forced to write 'Let Love Rule' - which covers the early years of his life - but Lenny has previously resisted the idea because he's always compared himself unfavourably to his heroes.

He shared: "It’s my life, and … I’m not saying my life is not exciting, but it’s my life. When I read about my heroes, [theirs] always seems far more exciting than my life. You find their story to be so colourful."

But even after agreeing to write the book, Lenny was determined to ensure it didn't just focus on "rock stardom or fame".

Lenny thinks of himself as being a "deeply two-sided" person, having split his time between his parents in the Upper East Side of Manhattan and his grandparents in Brooklyn during his childhood.

He told The Times newspaper: "Black and white, Jewish and Christian, Manhattanite and Brooklynite. My young life was all about opposites and extremes."

Despite this, Lenny - who released his debut album, 'Let Love Rule', in 1989 - had no real conception of race for a long time.

The music star explained: "Because we were around everybody, and it was never discussed, this thing of differences, where you should think differently about this person or that person because they are whatever they are. There was none of that. I thought that was life."

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