Yanni in Words

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Yanni is practically a force of nature. With global sales of over 20 million albums, 35 gold and platinum awards, and a fan base of untold millions in nearly every corner of the world, this self-taught musician and composer has achieved a cult-like following. The Washington Post has called Yanni's career 'a miracle, a lesson in pluck that could be taught in business school, preached from pulpits and woven into bedtime stories.' In this long-awaited memoir, Yanni offers an inside look at his fascinating journey, ...
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Overview

Yanni is practically a force of nature. With global sales of over 20 million albums, 35 gold and platinum awards, and a fan base of untold millions in nearly every corner of the world, this self-taught musician and composer has achieved a cult-like following. The Washington Post has called Yanni's career 'a miracle, a lesson in pluck that could be taught in business school, preached from pulpits and woven into bedtime stories.' In this long-awaited memoir, Yanni offers an inside look at his fascinating journey, from his boyhood in Greece, where he taught himself to play piano at the age of six, to his current status as a musical star. His path to success was sometimes rocky. With unprecedented candor, Yanni describes his long struggle to separate himself from the 'New Age' label, his ongoing battles with a music industry bewildered by his work, and the depression that threatened to derail his career. With great affection, he also discusses his long relationship with Linda Evans and shares the lessons about love and truth that he's learned from his father along the way.
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For a self-taught musician, Yanni has had almost unparalleled success. His albums have sold more than 20 million copies, and he has performed live for more than 3 million people in countries around the world. In Yanni in Words, he retraces the path of his amazing career and explains why he suddenly chose to spend three years out of the public eye.
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The platinum-selling electronic don t call him New Age instrumentalist Yanni tends to inspire strong opinions, and this ambitious autobiography, which Yanni calls a book about a life of challenges, lessons, dreams, and obstacles, is unlikely to change any of them. Yanni, with the help of Rensin (who similarly aided Tim Allen and Chris Rock with their memoirs), adopts a conversational, occasionally almost condescending tone, full of tics like Mind you and Can you imagine? . He recounts his idyllic childhood in a Greek village; his high school years as a champion swimmer; his time in rock bands (complete with groupies and cocaine); his nine-year love affair with Linda Evans; his near-breakdown; and his determination to make and market his music. Throughout, his plainspokenness is jarringly juxtaposed with show-offy references to the likes of Socrates and Schopenhauer. His claims that anyone could match his success if only he or she tried hard enough, perhaps meant to be inspirational, come off instead as preachy. In his acknowledgments, Yanni writes that words have never been my medium ; fortunately, his fans love him for his music. (Feb.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401351946
  • Publisher: Miramax Books
  • Publication date: 2/12/2003
  • Pages: 336

Table of Contents

Prelude 1
1 Allowing 7
2 Learning 30
3 Changing 55
4 The Rock 'N' Roller 72
5 Out of the Basement 95
6 Not New Age 114
7 The Perfect Woman 139
8 Playing the Game 163
9 For the Gods 181
10 Going Global 220
11 Sacred Places 243
12 Warrior Without a War 280
13 Creativity 303
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2003

    Inspirational!!!!!

    I found Yanni's new book to be very inspirational. He speaks candidly about the problems in his life and the creative process for his music. A definite read!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2003

    A terrific read!

    Yanni's book is wonderful. He talks about his early life from his parents' courtship, his childhood and about his struggles to be a musician. Lots of juicy bits too from his days as a rock & roller to his breakup with Linda Evans. He also gives the reader real insight into the creative process. It's honest, fascinating & a real page-turner!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2003

    Yet another piece of art from Yanni

    I picked up this book because I love Yanni's music but really did not expect that much.But it turned out to be yet another masterpiece - simple, refreshingly (brutally) honest, at times sad but above inspiring. If you love Yanni or you want to live a creative and/or inspired life or just looking for an ispirational read this one never disappoints.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2008

    Your life Yanni, not your bedfellows!!!

    I am a most ardent fan of Yanni's music and therefore was interested in his life.I was better off in ignorance of it! I can't speak for the general public, but one gross detail after the next was too much! I was hoping to hear more of his musical development,not his bedfellows!If yanni's sex life is of much interest to you this was made for you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2003

    Gave me the kick I needed!

    I love his music but didn't know much about him. I was going through a 'down' time with many things and picking up the book and reading it a little (it sure kept me coming back!)at a time has truly lifted me up and helped me move on with some decisions I had to make. His determintation is truly admirable. Now it's neat to know what he was living when he created certain music...must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2003

    VERY VERY VERY recommended

    Yanni tells us his wonderful story ,now in words. YANNI IN WORDSis candid, heartfelt, open, inspirational, and emotional. Just like his music. Only in words. Wonderful

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