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Just Getting Started
     

Just Getting Started

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by Tony Bennett
 

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At ninety, musician and singer Tony Bennett is as vibrant and productive as ever. In addition to his prodigious musical output, including albums, concerts, and personal appearances, this beloved and enduring artist has written his second book. In 2012’s Life Is a Gift, Tony reflected on the lessons he has learned over the years. Now, in Just Getting

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At ninety, musician and singer Tony Bennett is as vibrant and productive as ever. In addition to his prodigious musical output, including albums, concerts, and personal appearances, this beloved and enduring artist has written his second book. In 2012’s Life Is a Gift, Tony reflected on the lessons he has learned over the years. Now, in Just Getting Started, he pays homage to the remarkable people who inspired those lessons.

In his warm and inviting voice, Tony talks about who and what have enriched his own life, including Charlie Chaplin, Judy Garland, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Cole Porter, Amy Winehouse, Fred Astaire, Lady Gaga, members of his family, significant places, and more. Just Getting Started chronicles the relationship Tony has enjoyed with each one of these legends, entertainers, humanitarians, and loved ones, and reveals how the lessons and values they imparted have invaluably shaped his life.

As enchanting and unforgettable as his music, Just Getting Started is a beautiful compilation of reflections every Bennett fan will treasure, and a perfect introduction for those just getting to know this remarkable star and humanitarian.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/31/2016
Fans of heralded crooner Bennett will revel in this inviting charming book. As Bennett heads into his 91st year, he affectionately recalls the many places (San Francisco; Queens, N.Y.) and various people (Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Jackie Kennedy, Maurice Chevalier, and Charlie Chaplin, among others) whose work or friendship has shaped him over the years. Calling the recording of "Body and Soul" he did with Amy Winehouse one of the favorites of his career, he asks himself whether there's anything he could have said that day to pull her back from addiction. He praises Winehouse for taking the spirit of jazz and making it shine in new ways, recalling that her memory "reminds me of how the music we bring to our lives goes on and on in those we love." From Pablo Picasso's paintings, Bennett, also a painter, hopes he's learned to bring to his singing a "clear, elegant, and simple line that invites audiences to open their hearts and minds." Bennett's mother, Anna Suraci Benedetto, taught him to "hold out for quality" to produce something enduring. In these beguiling portraits, Bennett warmly remembers of the deep influences on his life. (Nov.)
Kirkus Reviews
2016-10-05
The nonagenarian singer expresses his gratitude to many of the people who have helped him along the way.With the help of NPR host Simon, Bennett presents not so much a memoir as a collection of sweet, uplifting tributes to people ranging from Abraham Lincoln to Lady Gaga as well as places, including Astoria in Queens, New York; the small town of Pyrites in upstate New York; and, of course, San Francisco, where Bennett famously left his heart. Each chapter concludes with a lesson the author has learned or a bit of wisdom gained from the subject of the chapter. Duke Ellington taught him never to worry “about going into or out of style,” and Lena Horne’s resilience made him think, “when life sends you difficulties or misfortunes, don’t get mad or sad—get busy.” From both Fred Astaire, who “used to float past” Bennett’s house on his regular morning walk, and Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, the singer learned the same lesson: trim your work down to its essence. His own chapters are neat and modest. If they don’t tell readers much about Bennett’s inner life, home life, or any turmoil he might have experienced over the decades, they do paint miniportraits of many of the people who helped him on his path. Many of them, as might be expected, are musicians or songwriters, like Amy Winehouse, whose death he laments, and Ella Fitzgerald, whose albums provide a “purely joyful experience.” The author also salutes family members, like his father, who died when Bennett was 10, and painters such as Picasso and John Singer Sargent. The volume is illustrated with small reproductions of many of Bennett’s paintings, which he signs with his birth name, Anthony Benedetto. In the past decade, Bennett has been experiencing a renaissance among listeners. Many of them should be happy to hear how he got to this point.
Booklist
“[Just Getting Started] is as breezy and meaningful as one of his trademark songs as readers learn about the man by the company he kept and the heroes he worships. Bennett’s ethereal still lifes and landscape paintings adorn this simple yet profound and gracious homage.”
Wall Street Journal
“In Just Getting Started...the singer takes a look back on his long, successful career and rich life...What comes through in all 42 chapters is the singer’s gratitude...Let’s hope this new generation can learn a lesson from Mr. Bennett’s unflagging class and graciousness.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062476777
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
11/15/2016
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
8,030
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 3.40(d)

Meet the Author

Tony Bennett has sold millions of albums, earned multiple platinum and gold records, and won two Emmy Awards as well as seventeen Grammys, including the Recording Academy's prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. He was also named a Kennedy Center Honoree.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
August 3, 1926
Place of Birth:
Astoria, Queens, New York, New York
Website:
http://www.exploringthearts.org

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Just Getting Started 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
nhr3bookcrazyNR 7 months ago
What a wonderful book - makes you fall even deeper in love with Tony Bennett. I loved it!!! I breezed through it - enjoying every moment. I couldn't put it down. Thank you, Mr. Bennett, for writing as beautifully as you sing.