Life Is a Gift: The Zen of Bennett

Life Is a Gift: The Zen of Bennett

by Tony Bennett

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One of the most well-known and beloved vocalists of our time, Tony Bennett is an American icon. Now, in this rich and beautiful memoir, the legendary Grammy and Emmy Award–winning singer takes us behind the scenes of his multi-platinum career. Revealing, insightful, and always moving, Life Is a Gift tells the stories of Bennett’s experiences in the music industry, what he learned, and who he met along the way, including Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, and Duke Ellington, as well as Amy Winehouse, John Mayer, and Lady Gaga. A "master class in life," this revealing retrospective offers an intimate look at Tony Bennett's journey, from growing up during the Great Depression to carving a career in popular music that has spanned more than six decades as his popularity among all generations continues to grow.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062207081
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/20/2012
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,152,518
File size: 11 MB
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About the Author

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

Date of Birth:

August 3, 1926

Place of Birth:

Astoria, Queens, New York, New York

Table of Contents

Foreword Mitch Albom ix

Introduction: How Do You Keep the Music Playing? xv

1 Only Sing Good Songs 1

2 I've Always Been Unplugged 13

3 Proper Involvement 19

4 Learn What to Leave Out 41

5 The Art of Excellence 49

6 Fame on the Brain 61

7 Never Underestimate the Public 71

8 Butterflies Are Good 81

9 Bel Canto 89

10 The Family Circle 97

11 War Is Insanity 111

12 Free Form 119

13 Everything Should Be Done with Love 129

14 When They Zig, I Zag 135

15 Mentor a Young Person 147

16 Black Crows and Golden Birds 155

17 Life Is a Gift 169

18 Citizen of the World 179

19 Sometimes Turn Off All the Mics 193

20 Go with Truth and Beauty 201

21 Giving Back 209

22 This Too Shall Pass 219

23 I Sing to the Whole Family 229

24 I Never Worked a Day in My Life 235

Acknowledgments 243

List of Artwork 245

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Life Is a Gift: The Zen of Bennett 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
MAGGIEHOLT More than 1 year ago
I would buy anything by Tony Bennett!!! I am 70 yrs old and have loved his music since I was a teenager. he never fails to produce a beautiful product. keep them coming Tony!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book sang to my spirit when my spirit needed a song...that says it all.
Ann40AW More than 1 year ago
What can I say? BRAVO!! Mr. Bennett...I absolutely, unequivocally, loved this book. Tony Bennett has been one of my favorite singers since way back when I was a teen-ager. I remember listening to his music over and over. I think the first song I remember hearing him sing was "Rags to Riches." Which if I remember correctly, it was a Number 1 hit, at the time way back in the early 1950s. He is like the energizing bunny, he just keeps going, and only gets better with age. I loved his "Duets" albums, what a treat they were. I never tire of listening to him sing.... I loved reading this book, I never highlighted a book as much as I did this one. I loved all his little gems or should I say... "The Zen of Bennett"... There were pictures of his many drawings, many photos of him with friends and family. What can I say? BRAVO!! Mr. Bennett... This book is part of my Nook library. I loved this book, therefore I am awarding it 5 Gold *****
Anonymous More than 1 year ago