Life Is a Gift: The Zen of Bennett by Tony Bennett

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Read Life Is a Gift: The Zen of Bennett Online Free - 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.

Title : Life Is a Gift: The Zen of Bennett
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ISBN : 0062207083
Edition Language : English
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 272 pages


Michael rated it ★★★★☆

February 02, 2013

Tony Bennett is a consummate artist, the epitome of class. In this sentimenal book he reminisces about art, entertainment, civility, and meaning, dropping plenty of names along the way--Sinatra, Basie, Ellington, Gaga. It's not a full-fledged biography, so if that's what you're looking for, look...

Stewart rated it ★★★☆☆

December 07, 2012

This is Tony's "positive affirmations" book. Tony says...enjoy life, give your all, never give up, you can attain true happiness, your dreams and aspirations can come to fruition, stay true to yourself, etc. As well, Tony includes applicable anecdotes from Ella, Frank, Basie, Duke, Armstrong, Lena...

Bob rated it ★★☆☆☆

January 17, 2013

Mostly trite but true aphorisms and common sense advise, with anecdotes of famous people telling Tony how wonderful he is. His biography and autobiography are much better.

Marie rated it ★★★☆☆

January 01, 2016

3.5 stars? I liked this a fair bit. It accidentally made a great New Year's Eve book with some of the insights. I might want to go buy a copy to highlight and mark up... Or I might just fill some notebook pages withe quotes and commentary. I'm not a fan, I actually only crammed this book in becau...

Ashley rated it ★★★★☆

February 03, 2017

I've been listening to a lot of Tony Bennett recently; and as I have a friend who loved this book, I decided to try it. I really enjoy it. I'm not an uber-Tony fan, but I really enjoyed the behind-the-scenes look at this timeless entertainer. He had a lot of points. The main ones I remember deal...

Lori rated it ★★★★☆

May 16, 2015

I have always been a fan of Tony Bennett. This recent book of his is part memoir part advice. Mr. Bennett has been in the business for over 60 years. Not only is he a talented singer, he is also just as talented an artist. In this memoir he offers advice for those who may be interested in a caree...

Judith rated it ★★★★★

May 09, 2016

This is the personal testament of a loved and respected entertainer. His own hand-drawn art is illustrated in the book. This is a read for music lovers of all ages. He tells of his meeting and performing with so many well-known entertainers. He is a man who has refused to comprise his vision and...

Brent rated it ★★★★★

January 31, 2016

I like this book so much because of its wonderful author. Now, some of this is a trite, repetitive summary of a wonderful life. That works for me. (Your mileage may vary.) I took this book verr-ry slowly, returning it to the library, and checking it out several times. I've quoted some of the chapt...

Debbie rated it ★★★★☆

May 30, 2015

Tony Bennett, a gifted artist and musician, tells his life story in short chapters peppered with his sketches and philosophy. His timeless songs and incredible voice begin with such famous mentors as Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole. He refused to compromise his attention to detail and quality. Hi...

Linda rated it ★★★★☆

August 14, 2016

Really enjoyed this book. He talks about his career, family, social injustice, racism, world war 2 and many other parts of his life. There are many Tony-isms that I found helpful too. He's a timeless performer and he remains relevant at 90, which is great, and a result of being a lifelong learner...

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