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

My Way: An Autobiography

byPaul Anka, David Dalton

Paperback | April 8, 2014

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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:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.86 inPublished:April 8, 2014Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1250044499

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! I read this book over a year ago and loved it. Well written and Anka tells some great stories about his time as a young pop star in the 1950s, the big names he hung out with to learn his trade, other celebrities he met along the way, the background to his hit songs, and how the music business worked to crank out the big hits of the day. He's had an amazing life, is a sharp businessman, and can tell a good story. Highly recommend as a light read in the summer.
Date published: 2015-05-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Repetitive but interesting. The stories and characters are very interesting but this book should have been better edited. There are typos that should not be there ( page 132, it's chanteurs and not chanseurs) It's very repetitive with the name dropping and the " he's one of the best ... one of the most ... " concerning the same people. It's almost like an Academy awards thank you list. Mr. Anka has a lot to say but this book could have been 50 pages shorter.
Date published: 2015-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! A very well~written, satisfyingly excellent autobiographical read. Paul Anka tells it like it is, from his early days of
Date published: 2015-03-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Great read! This should have been a far better read than it actually was. Mr. Anka has been at the epicentre of celebrity for many decades and has many, many insights to share about the rich and famous. Some of his vignettes are very revealing and at times shocking. The style of writing (I believe) gets in the way of believability and the reader is left thinking that there is a bending of the truth or a puffing up of the author's importance tangental to these events. The writing throughout this book is unfortunately very sophmoric with few seguays that leaving one wondering what happened to the balance of a particular story and how did we get in to this one? All in all a disappointing read punctuated with some titillating revelations but not enough to prompt a recommendation to read.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable Never knew he was this awesome
Date published: 2013-10-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable Never knew he was this awesome
Date published: 2013-10-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from My Way - Paul Anka A good read about a very talented man that lived some great experiences starting at a young age. Interesting history of the music business and the entertainers he hung around with. Very much worth a read especially the Vegas days. The downside was that Paul would repeat himself often in passages throughout the book. It was like deja-vu because I could have sworn he just said the same thing a few pages before. You almost get the feeling that the book wasn't reviewed properly before being published.
Date published: 2013-09-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 4 stars.... Really enjoyed this book.
Date published: 2013-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Way Great book, really enjoyed it.
Date published: 2013-05-27

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