At ninety, musician and singer Tony Bennett is as vibrant and productive as ever. In addition to his prodigious musical output, including albums, concerts, and personal appearances, this beloved and enduring artist has written his next book.Read more...
At ninety, musician and singer Tony Bennett is as vibrant and productive as ever. In addition to his prodigious musical output, including albums, concerts, and personal appearances, this beloved and enduring artist has written his next book. In 2012's Life Is a Gift, Tony reflected on the lessons he has learned over the years. Now, in Just Getting Started, he pays homage to the remarkable people who inspired those lessons.
In his warm and inviting voice, Tony talks about who and what have enriched his own life, including Charlie Chaplin, Judy Garland, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Cole Porter, Amy Winehouse, Fred Astaire, Lady Gaga, members of his family, significant places, and more. Just Getting Started chronicles the relationship Tony has enjoyed with each one of these legends, entertainers, humanitarians, and loved ones, and reveals how the lessons and values they imparted have invaluably shaped his life.
As enchanting and unforgettable as his music, Just Getting Started is a beautiful compilation of reflections every Bennett fan will treasure, and a perfect introduction for those just getting to know this remarkable star and humanitarian.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-10-31
- Reviewer: Staff
Fans of heralded crooner Bennett will revel in this inviting charming book. As Bennett heads into his 91st year, he affectionately recalls the many places (San Francisco; Queens, N.Y.) and various people (Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Jackie Kennedy, Maurice Chevalier, and Charlie Chaplin, among others) whose work or friendship has shaped him over the years. Calling the recording of "Body and Soul" he did with Amy Winehouse one of the favorites of his career, he asks himself whether there's anything he could have said that day to pull her back from addiction. He praises Winehouse for taking the spirit of jazz and making it shine in new ways, recalling that her memory "reminds me of how the music we bring to our lives goes on and on in those we love." From Pablo Picasso's paintings, Bennett, also a painter, hopes he's learned to bring to his singing a "clear, elegant, and simple line that invites audiences to open their hearts and minds." Bennett's mother, Anna Suraci Benedetto, taught him to "hold out for quality" to produce something enduring. In these beguiling portraits, Bennett warmly remembers of the deep influences on his life. (Nov.)