My Way: An Autobiography by Paul AnkaMy Way: An Autobiography by Paul Anka

My Way: An Autobiography

byPaul Anka

Hardcover | April 9, 2013

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A teen idol of the 1950s who virtually invented the singer/songwriter/heartthrob combination that still tops pop music today, Paul Anka rocketed to fame with a slew of hits-from "Diana" to "Put Your Head on my Shoulder"-that 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 joining the rocker on his final, fatal plane flight. Anka also stepped in front of the camera in the teen beach-party movie era, scoring the movies and romancing their starlets, including Annette Funicello.

When the British invasion made his fans swoon for a new style of music-and musician--Anka made sure he wasn't conquered. A rapier-canny businessman and image-builder who took his career into his own hands-just as he had from the very beginning, swiping his mother's car at fourteen to drive himself, underage, to his first gigs in Quebec-Anka toured the world until he could return home in triumph. A charter member of the Rat Pack, he wrote the theme music for The Tonight Show as well as his friend Frank Sinatra's anthem "My Way". By the 1970s, a multi-decade string of pop chart-toppers, including "Puppy Love" and "(You're) Having My Baby", cemented his status as an icon.

My Way is bursting with rich, rollicking stories of the business and the people in Anka's life: Elizabeth Taylor, Dodi Fayed, Tom Jones, Michael Jackson, Adnan Khashoggi, Little Richard, Brooke Shields, Johnny Roselli, Sammy Davis, Jr., Brigitte Bardot, Barnum & Bailey Circus acrobats, and many more. Anka is forthcoming, funny and smart as a whip about the business he's been in for almost six decades. My Way moves from New York to Vegas, from the casino stage to backstages all over the world. It's the most entertaining autobiography of the year.

PAUL ANKA had his own vocal group by the age of thirteen and released his first single at sixteen. His first million-selling #1 hit, "Diana", made him a star. He was born in Ottawa, Canada, and lives in Southern California.
Title:My Way: An AutobiographyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9.32 × 6.45 × 1.33 inPublished:April 9, 2013Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0312381042

ISBN - 13:9780312381042

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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

Editorial Reviews

"A lively, entertaining autobiography by one of the true legends of the music busines." -Booklist

"Tenacious, tickled with success, Anka splashes plenty of juice and little restraint." -Publishers Weekly