Life Is a Gift: The Zen of Bennett

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Life Is a Gift: The Zen of Bennett

Format:  Hardcover,

250 pages

Publisher: Harpercollins

Publish Date: Nov 2012

ISBN-13: 9780062207067

ISBN-10: 0062207067

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A moving and inspiring memoir from one of the greatest musical artists of all time

"My given name is Anthony Dominick Benedetto, and Benedetto in Italian means 'the blessed one.' I couldn't say it any better than that."--Tony Bennett

Legendary singer, artist, and performer, Tony Bennett has been one of the world's most beloved entertainers for more than six decades. From the 78 to the LP to the digital age, Tony has done it all and is still at the top of his game. In decade after decade, this artistic icon--who has won seventeen Grammys, sung for ten presidents, and performed for royalty--has refused to compromise his vision or values. His unwavering commitment to quality has helped him stay true to his classic sound and is the reason his music continues to endure. Mentored by such legends as Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and Nat King Cole, Bennett has only gotten better with age, and his popularity continues to grow as each new generation discovers his timeless songs and incredible voice.

In this entertaining and thoughtful memoir, a collection of soulful reflections and philosophies from his life and career, Bennett shares stories of friends and family and the essential lessons they have taught him: of the value of hard work and of creating art that continues to inspire; of perseverance and a dedication to excellence; of the necessity of humility, love, respect, and, most important, gratitude. Bennett cherishes the passion and insatiable thirst for knowledge that have shaped his life and made each day a journey of discovery. He pays tribute to all the remarkable talents he has had the honor to work with and to learn from, including Luciano Pavarotti, Judy Garland, Cary Grant, Fred Astaire, Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand, Paul McCartney, Amy Winehouse, Willie Nelson, Lady Gaga, David Hockney, and k.d. lang, to name just a few.

A magnificent testament to an extraordinary man and his art, and illustrated with Tony Bennett's own beautiful hand-drawn artwork, Life Is a Gift is a work that will captivate, delight, and be cherished by music lovers of all ages.

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Publisher: Harpercollins
Publish Date: Nov 2012
ISBN-13: 9780062207067
ISBN-10: 0062207067
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 250
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.24
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.39 x 1.0 x 9.22

Chapter outline

Forewordp. ix
Introduction: How Do You Keep the Music Playing?p. xv
Only Sing Good Songsp. 1
I've Always Been Unpluggedp. 13
Proper Involvementp. 19
Learn What to Leave Outp. 41
The Art of Excellencep. 49
Fame on the Brainp. 61
Never Underestimate the Publicp. 71
Butterflies Are Goodp. 81
Bel Cantop. 89
The Family Circlep. 97
War Is Insanityp. 111
Free Formp. 119
Everything Should Be Done with Lovep. 129
When They Zig, I Zagp. 135
Mentor a Young Personp. 147
Black Crows and Golden Birdsp. 155
Life Is a Giftp. 169
Citizen of the Worldp. 179
Sometimes Turn Off All the Micsp. 193
Go with Truth and Beautyp. 201
Giving Backp. 209
This Too Shall Passp. 219
I Sing to the Whole Familyp. 229
I Never Worked a Day in My Lifep. 235
Acknowledgmentsp. 243
List of Artworkp. 245

Book description

Legendary singer, artist, and performer, Tony Bennett has been one of the world's most beloved entertainers for more than six decades. In this entertaining and thoughtful memoir, Bennett shares stories of friends and family and the essential life lessons they have taught him and pays tribute to the remarkable talents he has had the honor to work with and learn from, including: Luciano Pavarotti, Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Louis Armstrong, Aretha Franklin, Paul McCartney, Amy Winehouse, and Lady Gaga, to name just a few.

A magnificent testament to an extraordinary man, and filled with Bennett's own beautiful hand-drawn artwork, Life Is a Gift will captivate and delight music lovers of all ages.

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