Life Is a Gift: The Zen of Bennett (Signed First Edition)

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Tony Bennett never wants to retire: "If you study the masters—Picasso, Jack Benny, Fred Astaire—right up to the day they died, they were performing. If you are creative, you get busier as you get older." And he never loses his touch. Whether he is singing duets with Paul McCartney, Andrea Bocelli, Lady Gaga, or Amy Winehouse, this Queens-born performer remains his inimitable self. In his new memoir Life is a Gift, that inimitable self is in full, radiant view, dispensing memories of his career, his collaborators, and the wisdom that he has picked up along the way. An original.

Library Journal
Not your standard memoir: Bennett examines how his music has evolved over a six-decade career that has seen a relentless march of styles and stars. Yes, there's an audience; note the 100,000-copy first printing.
Kirkus Reviews
The legendary master of the American songbook shares stories and lessons learned from a life in music. As Bennett (The Good Life: The Autobiography of Tony Bennett, 1998) notes, Frank Sinatra called him "my favorite singer" on more than one occasion. The effect of this endorsement on Bennett's career was, of course, enormous. From a generation of singers still inclined to refer to his work as "showbiz," Bennett's career has had a peerless longevity and has likely provided him with wisdom and anecdotes for two or three books of this nature. The stories are wide-ranging, calling on his relationships with the best-known jazz singers and musicians from the 20th century--stories of collaborations, disagreements and adventures. His passion for art, travel and learning also take the stage. Each chapter showcases what Bennett sees as the necessities for a successful life--e.g., respecting others, hard work, ignoring "trends," and focusing on what you know and love. Bennett is also willing to call bologna by its name when he sees it, and he decries what he calls the "flattening out" of the music industry and of the tendency to prioritize all aspects of the business aside from the quality of the music. Some of the "Zen" suggestions at the close of each chapter fall flat--e.g., there's nothing particularly useful in stating that the world will be a better place if everyone can learn to get along and appreciate each others' differences. There is, however, a great deal of wisdom in the suggestions when they stem directly from Bennett's own richly lived life. Like Bennett's catalog of music--you may not fall in love with each individual story, but it's hard to argue with the way it's being told.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062253873
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/20/2012
  • Edition description: Signed First Edition
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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Tony Bennett

Tony Bennett grew up in Astoria, Queens, during the Great Depression in a family of Italian immigrants. After serving as an infantryman in World War II, he studied singing and then signed with Columbia Records, releasing his first hit in 1951. Over the course of his sixty-year career, he has sold millions of albums; has earned multiple platinum and gold records; has won two Emmy Awards and seventeen Grammys, including the Recording Academy's prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award; and was named a Kennedy Center Honoree.

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  • Posted November 20, 2012

    I have seen the video and am super excited to read the book.

    I have seen the video and am super excited to read the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    For the Tony Bennett Fan!

    I bought this as a Christmas gift for my friend who is a HUGE Tony Bennett fan. When she saw that it was a signed first edition, she flipped. Best Christmas reaction ever. :-)

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  • Posted December 18, 2012

    When I recieve my book, I will review it.

    I have not received my autographed book, yet! I would love to give you a review, but I feel I need to read it first. Where is my book?

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