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My Way: An Autobiography

by Paul Anka

St. Martin's Press | April 9, 2013 | Hardcover

My Way: An Autobiography is rated 1 out of 5 by 3.

The smooth, charismatic singer and songwriter in his own words—the long-awaited autobiography that reveals a life that has been much more dramatic than his crooning reveals 

 

A teen idol of the 1950s who virtually invented the idea of singer-songwriter-heartthrob that still fuels the industry today, Paul Anka’s slew of hits—from “Diana” to “Put Your Head on my Shoulder”—earned him a place touring with the major stars of his era, including Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Buddy Holly.  He wrote Holly’s last hit, and just missed being a passenger on Holly’s fatal plane flight.  Anka also stepped in front of the camera for the teen beach-party movie era, writing the music for the movies and sleeping with many of their starlets, including the much-more-carnal-than-her-image Annette Funicello.

When the British invasion wiped out the style of music that had made him famous, Anka made sure his “wipeout” wasn’t the end of his story.  An astute businessman and image-builder who didn’t let anyone else run his career, he toured the world until returning home for his “comeback”, becoming a charter member of the Rat Pack, writing the theme music for The Tonight Show as well as his friend Frank Sinatra’s anthem “My Way”.

The Times of My Life is bursting with rich, rollicking stories of the people who have been part of Anka''s life: Elizabeth Taylor, Tom Jones, Steve Wynn, Michael Jackson, Kirk Kerkorian, Adnan Khashoggi, Dodi Fayed, Brooke Shields, Donald Trump, Sammy Davis, Jr., Brigitte Bardot, the acrobats in the Barnum & Bailey Circus, and many more.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 384 pages, 9.32 × 6.45 × 1.33 in

Published: April 9, 2013

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312381042

ISBN - 13: 9780312381042

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boring! Book is poorly written and jumps all over the place. No continuity. It is obvious that there was not a talented editor on board. The poor English throughout is nothing short of scandalous. There are some hundreds of people written about in the book and they are all, “wonderful, very talented, as intelligent as they come, warm and affectionate and willing to do anything for you”. All these people are Paul’s, “Very best friends, known them for years”. It becomes a little tedious. However, if you are interested in celebrity trivia you may be interested in such tidbits such as, “Don Rickles wears a toupee”, “Johnny Carson was a notorious drunk”, “Dean Martin sitting alone in a restaurant with his false teeth in a glass”, along with the size of Frank Sinatra’s penis. All of this is written between the pages and pages of how wonderful Paul is. I slogged through the book but it was not as interesting a read as I had expected from someone as well-known as Paul Anka. Boring!
Date published: 2013-07-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Anka not quite ready to share. The book was dictated with some interesting colloquialisms. There are kernels of wisdom, and plenty about Vegas. However late in the book he launches into a prolonged description of how powerful and connected he is, flatters all his cronies, skips over divorcing his wife with the most facile pop-psych dismissal, and alludes to the businesses he runs without ever discussing them. Overall, he probably should have waited until he was more willing to share. It's an attempt to remain relevant/cash grab.
Date published: 2013-05-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from If You Think You Will Know More About Paul Anka - Think Again I am a huge fan of Paul Anka's. The one and only fan letter I ever wrote in my entire life I was in grade school and it was to him. I am still a huge fan. He is a terrific song writer. He should have stuck to writing songs. I was so disappointed in this book and amazingly, considering the man himself, bored beyond belief. If you want a review of "Casino" the movie, if you want comments about Bugsy Siegel and the history of Las Vegas it may be worth it for you to read. If you want to hear Mr. Anka fawn and gush over practically everyone he's met in his life, this may also be the book for you. However, if you want to know about Paul Anka the man, the entertainer, the song writer from as he put it "small town Canada), never thought of Ottawa that way, it's not worth spending your money on. This is really not a biography this is a running commentary on Las Vegas and how it worked and does work. I am so sorry I cannot say better of this book as Paul Anka was/is amazing it would have been nice to know about him not all this other dragging on and on about Vegas material. Sorry Mr. Anka, I wasted my money.
Date published: 2013-04-29

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My Way: An Autobiography

by Paul Anka

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 384 pages, 9.32 × 6.45 × 1.33 in

Published: April 9, 2013

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312381042

ISBN - 13: 9780312381042

About the Book

The smooth, charismatic singer and songwriter in his own words--the long-awaited autobiography that reveals a life that has been much more dramatic than his crooning reveals.

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The smooth, charismatic singer and songwriter in his own words—the long-awaited autobiography that reveals a life that has been much more dramatic than his crooning reveals 

 

A teen idol of the 1950s who virtually invented the idea of singer-songwriter-heartthrob that still fuels the industry today, Paul Anka’s slew of hits—from “Diana” to “Put Your Head on my Shoulder”—earned him a place touring with the major stars of his era, including Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Buddy Holly.  He wrote Holly’s last hit, and just missed being a passenger on Holly’s fatal plane flight.  Anka also stepped in front of the camera for the teen beach-party movie era, writing the music for the movies and sleeping with many of their starlets, including the much-more-carnal-than-her-image Annette Funicello.

When the British invasion wiped out the style of music that had made him famous, Anka made sure his “wipeout” wasn’t the end of his story.  An astute businessman and image-builder who didn’t let anyone else run his career, he toured the world until returning home for his “comeback”, becoming a charter member of the Rat Pack, writing the theme music for The Tonight Show as well as his friend Frank Sinatra’s anthem “My Way”.

The Times of My Life is bursting with rich, rollicking stories of the people who have been part of Anka''s life: Elizabeth Taylor, Tom Jones, Steve Wynn, Michael Jackson, Kirk Kerkorian, Adnan Khashoggi, Dodi Fayed, Brooke Shields, Donald Trump, Sammy Davis, Jr., Brigitte Bardot, the acrobats in the Barnum & Bailey Circus, and many more.

About the Author

PAUL ANKA had his own vocal group by the age of thirteen and released his first single at fourteen. His first #1 hit, “Diana”, made him a star. By the 1970s, a multi-decade string of pop hits, from “Puppy Love” to “(You’re) Having My Baby”, cemented his status as an icon. He lives in Southern California.

DAVID DALTON, a founding contributor of Rolling Stone, is the author of fifteen books, including Piece of My Heart, Faithfull with Marianne, and Bob''s Brain: Decoding Dylan.

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