All the Things You Are: The Life of Tony Bennett

Overview

The first complete biography of singing legend Tony Bennett

Among America's greatest entertainers such as Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Ray Charles, and Sammy Davis Jr., Tony Bennett alone is still here and at the top of his game. For the first time, All the Things You Are tells the incredible story of Bennett's life and sixty-year career, from his impoverished New York City childhood through his first chart-topping hits, from liberating a concentration camp to his civil rights ...

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Overview

The first complete biography of singing legend Tony Bennett

Among America's greatest entertainers such as Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Ray Charles, and Sammy Davis Jr., Tony Bennett alone is still here and at the top of his game. For the first time, All the Things You Are tells the incredible story of Bennett's life and sixty-year career, from his impoverished New York City childhood through his first chart-topping hits, from liberating a concentration camp to his civil rights struggles, from his devastating personal and career battles and addiction in the 1970's to his stunning comeback and emergence as a musical statesman, America's troubadour, role model and mentor, and unmatched interpreter of the American songbook.

  • Takes a candid, unvarnished look at the amazing life of one of America's most enduring musical icons
  • Based on dozens of author interviews with Bennett's family members,?agents, musicians, composers and managers, and experts on the last fifty years of popular music
  • Filled with stories involving leading figures and entertainers of the twentieth-century, including Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Fiorello LaGuardia, Martin Luther King, Jr., Ray Charles, Dean Martin, Billie Holliday, and more

Whether you've been a Tony Bennett fan for decades or are just discovering him, this book will deepen your understanding of this hugely gifted entertainer and his music.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this heartfelt tribute, Evanier (who has written biographies of Bobby Darin and Jimmy Roselli) bemoans that the accomplishments of legendary crooner Tony Bennett are inadequately known despite his fame and popularity. From interviews, archival materials, and his own listening to Bennett's music, Evanier chronicles Bennett's life and work, from a 10-year-old Bennett leading a throng of people, along with Mayor La Guardia, across the newly opened Triborough Bridge, singing "Marching Along Together," through his drug addiction and loss of his record label up to his present success. Evanier passes lightly over Bennett's shortcomings, but in the end Evanier's passion for Bennett shines through. (July)
Sam Roberts
…a raw, quintessential New York story.
—The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470520659
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 7/12/2011
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,443,031
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

David Evanier
David Evanier is a critically acclaimed and award-winning author of both nonfiction and fiction. He was formerly senior editor of the Paris Review, and his work has appeared in Best American Short Stories. He is a recipient of the Aga Khan Prize for Fiction and the McGinnis-Ritchie Short Fiction Award. Evanier has written for the New York Times (including "Paper Cuts," its music blog), the New York Times Magazine, the Village Voice, the New Republic, the Nation, and many other publications. He has received residence fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Wurlitzer Foundation, is a full-time member of the Writers Room where he wrote this book, and has taught at UCLA. His other books include Making the Wiseguys Weep: The Jimmy Roselli Story, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and Roman Candle: The Life of Bobby Darin.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Staying Real.

1 Beginnings.

2 A Young Man’s Initiation.

3 “I Was Lost, I Was Drifting”.

4 An Alarm Clock in Church.

5 Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay.

6 Out of the Commonplace into the Rare.

7 Good-bye to All That.

8 A Quality That Lets You In.

9 “A Pure, Simple Thing”.

10 Renaissance.

11 A Partially Hidden Legacy.

12 The Next Century.

13 The Singing Waiter.

Acknowledgments.

Appendix: Awards, Albums, and Songs.

Bibliography.

Index.

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  • Posted July 22, 2011

    A Fascinating Read

    The professional reviews shown here say it well, for me. I couldn't put the book down. Being "lifelong" fans of Tony Bennett, his music has moved my husband & me & has been relevant to our lives. Tony has had to fight hard to succeed, & in the process we got a better knowledge of the man born with natural talent & a big heart. The book isn't a love letter, but a tribute to us all as human beings. Here he is at 85 years old, & the last & best of the great Pop/Jazz vocalists.

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