Dion: The Wanderer Talks Truth (Stories, Humor & Music)

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Dion came up out of the Bronx in the 50s and tore through the music charts in a ferocious display of talent. He continued to make great music while slowly returning to his Catholic roots. His hard-won wisdom filters through his stories whether he's recalling how he went shopping with John Lennon and ended up on the cover of Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band or what it was like to travel in the Jim Crow South with Sam Cooke.

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Overview


Dion came up out of the Bronx in the 50s and tore through the music charts in a ferocious display of talent. He continued to make great music while slowly returning to his Catholic roots. His hard-won wisdom filters through his stories whether he's recalling how he went shopping with John Lennon and ended up on the cover of Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band or what it was like to travel in the Jim Crow South with Sam Cooke.

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"To this day nobody, nobody can rock like Dion."—Lou Reed

"He always had the name that said it all...Dion."—Bruce Springsteen

"If you want to hear a great singer, listen to Dion. His genius has never deserted him."—Bob Dylan

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"This book is a delightful conversion story of the return to the Catholic Church of someone who had it all. Dion doesn't hash out things he's shared in other biographies, but rather examines how his spiritual life changed, and how that brought him back to the Catholic Church. It might not be a book that will change your life, but it's a worthwhile read. It's also a slice of modern rock-and-roll history, which makes it fun."—Sarah Reinhard, The Snoring Scholar
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780867169997
  • Publisher: Saint Anthony Messenger Press & Franciscan Communications
  • Publication date: 5/1/2011
  • Pages: 145
  • Sales rank: 212,318
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author


Dion DiMucci is a multiplatinum recording artist, Grammy nominee, and inductee in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His hits include "Abraham, Martin, and John," "Runaround Sue," and "The Wanderer."

Mike Aquilina is the author of many books, including Love in the Little Things, Angels of God, Roots of the Faith, and Understanding the Mass.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    A Testament to Sprituality

    I have to confess I was not of a fan Dion's music perse, although I do admire the song "Abraham, Martin, and John". Yet, after reading this book I am a fan of Dion as a person. He is extremly honest about the journey he takes coming back to the Catholic Church and the route to get there. I feel this is a must read for anyone who is contempalting coming back to the Church. The main message of the book: You can always come back.

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  • Posted January 13, 2012

    Great Read, Highly Recommended

    Dion DiMucci was a rock and roll heartthrob of the late 50s and early 60s. He continues to perform to this day. He recorded songs such as "A Teenager in Love" and " I Wonder Why". You may recall his great hit, "Abraham, Martin and John" released in the late 60s. Dion tells his story of life in Bronx, New York, his Italian-American heritage, gang life, teenage rebellion, the love of his life (his wife Susan), his music, his drug and alcohol addiction, and his conversion back to Catholicism. Dion with the help of Mike Aquilina, talks about searching for the truth and finding it in the Catholic Church. Dion was born Catholic but like many of his peers in the 50s and 60s, rebelled against the Church. But then, Dion, in this book, writes he was rebelling against many things. "Dion, The Wander Talks Truth" is laced with interesting tidbits from Dion's life and acquaintances such as Buddy Holly , Richie Valens , John Lennon, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen among others. Even if you have never heard of Dion or Dion and the Belmonts, this is a great read. There is much to learn from Dion's story of his life and finding his salvation. This book is suited for teenagers and above. While it is a fast read, it hammers home the point that the Catholic Church is the Truth. Enjoy. Mike Dillingham Author/Rivers Books

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  • Posted May 19, 2011

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    A New Way of Being

    The turnaround in Dion DiMucci's life comes about halfway through Dion the Wanderer Talks the Truth. The opening chapters cover a little family history, his coming of age in the Bronx as a gang member, truant, and performer by age 15. In that period he also met Susan Butterfield, a constant in his life ever since (they married in 1963). By the age of 20 he had a series of top 40 hits and was, he writes, "a millionaire a couple times over." The story continues through the 1950s, the early days of rock and roll, which the author describes as a combination of country and blues. We read about Dick Clark's American Bandstand and the musicians featured there: Bobby Darin, Sam Cooke, Gene Vincent, and, of course Richie Valens, the Big Bopper, and Buddy Holly. Dion, as many know, was touring with Valens, Bopper, and Holly when they lost their lives in a plane crash. The plane had only three seats, so Dion offered to ride on the bus instead of fly. Fast forward through much questioning, breaking up of Dion's group, the Belmonts, alcohol and heroin addictions, a period Dion describes as the bleakest, darkest in his life. "I had a soul sickness that was killing me slowly," he writes. In 1968 Susan became pregnant, and Dion knew he had to change. The couple left New York for Florida, where they stayed with Susan's parents for a time (though Dion never had financial problems since he had inherited his mother's frugality). Susan's father, Jack, was a mystery to Dion: an alcoholic with 15 years of sobriety, "strong, Jack the giant, who showed me how to be little and weak, God's child, just as he was," Dion writes. The remaining chapters reveal the intertwining of Dion's progression as an artist with his conversion first to Christianity, then Catholicism. Though some might focus on the celebrities mentioned here, John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, Gina Lollobrigida, and Yogi Berra, to name a few, they are incidental in the story of Dion's new way of being.

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