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Product Details

  • Paperback: 145 pages
  • Publisher: St. Anthony Messenger Press (April 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0867169990
  • ISBN-13: 978-0867169997
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book is a delightful conversion story of the return to the Catholic Church of someone who had it all. Dion doesn't hash out things he's shared in other biographies, but rather examines how his spiritual life changed, and how that brought him back to the Catholic Church.

"It might not be a book that will change your life, but it's a worthwhile read. It's also a slice of modern rock-and-roll history, which makes it fun."—Sarah Reinhard, The Snoring Scholar

About the Author

Dion DiMucci is a multiplatinum recording artist, Grammy nominee, and inductee in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His hits include "Abraham, Martin, and John," "Runaround Sue," and "The Wanderer."

Mike Aquilina is the author of many books, including Love in the Little Things, Angels of God, Roots of the Faith, and Understanding the Mass.

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Loved the book...it's an easy and enjoyable read!
Sharon E. Mccoy
I really enjoyed the style of the book in that it was often quite humorous and his being able to laugh at himself contributed to that.
Jeffrey Miller
Dion lived on to have a musical career winning awards for rock, blues and gospel music.
Terry Fenwick

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Carol Blank on May 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
The turnaround in Dion DiMucci's life comes about halfway through Dion the Wanderer Talks the Truth. The opening chapters cover a little family history, his coming of age in the Bronx as a gang member, truant, and performer by age 15. In that period he also met Susan Butterfield, a constant in his life ever since (they married in 1963). By the age of 20 he had a series of top 40 hits and was, he writes, "a millionaire a couple times over." The story continues through the 1950s, the early days of rock and roll, which the author describes as a combination of country and blues. We read about Dick Clark's American Bandstand and the musicians featured there: Bobby Darin, Sam Cooke, Gene Vincent, and, of course Richie Valens, the Big Bopper, and Buddy Holly. Dion, as many know, was touring with Valens, Bopper, and Holly when they lost their lives in a plane crash. The plane had only three seats, so Dion offered to ride on the bus instead of fly.

Fast forward through much questioning, breaking up of Dion's group, the Belmonts, alcohol and heroin addictions, a period Dion describes as the bleakest, darkest in his life. "I had a soul sickness that was killing me slowly," he writes. In 1968 Susan became pregnant, and Dion knew he had to change. The couple left New York for Florida, where they stayed with Susan's parents for a time (though Dion never had financial problems since he had inherited his mother's frugality). Susan's father, Jack, was a mystery to Dion: an alcoholic with 15 years of sobriety, "strong, Jack the giant, who showed me how to be little and weak, God's child, just as he was," Dion writes.

The remaining chapters reveal the intertwining of Dion's progression as an artist with his conversion first to Christianity, then Catholicism. Though some might focus on the celebrities mentioned here, John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, Gina Lollobrigida, and Yogi Berra, to name a few, they are incidental in the story of Dion's new way of being.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Terry Fenwick on April 28, 2011
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Louise Pare, in Entertainment, made this comment on Dion Dimucci - The Wanderer - Talks Truth: "This new book is a fascinating look at the memories of this music legend on the early days of rock and roll--the music, the personalities, the high life and the pitfalls. Especially interesting to me was the story of the day the music died. Dion narrowly escaped being on that plane that crashed . . ."

I have heard the story Louise speaks of, and heard it often, even though I was not a follower of Dion or Buddy Holly. Our sons liked them and the story seemed to come up often. I guess that is one of the things people will always remember - the night Dion would have died, but gave up his seat on the small plane, agreeing to ride the bus, because one of the men in the band was ill. Dion agreed to ride on the long cold bus ride so the friend could fly, with Buddy Holly, and be in Fargo, North Dakota, sooner. Or so the story goes but Dion tells the whole story in his book.

Dion lived on to have a musical career winning awards for rock, blues and gospel music.

Although I missed Dion's music those early days, I did discover him in 2006 in a program on EWTN, the Catholic TV station. In that great interview with Dion, he did indeed speak Truth! My husband heard him speaking and came in to sit and listened. Dion spoke openly of his faith and his love for his wife. Dion is a great storyteller.

After the program, I went immediately to the computer, bought a hat like Dion's for my husband and a lot of Dion's recordings on iTunes! He is just great. Listening right now to Walkin' Blues!

I was so happy when I heard this year Dion was working on a book with Mike Aquilina, one of my favorite authors.

So far, I have purchased 5 of the books - 4 for our sons and one for me. My husband is no longer living but his Dion Dimucci hat is hanging in my office on my art easel!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Miller VINE VOICE on July 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
Here is a book that is an interesting juxtaposition. A Rock Star who has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame writes a new biography. In it there are pictures of this star along with pictures of him with people such as Bruce Springsteen, Lou Reed, and Scott Hahn. Yes Scott Hahn. I figure this is the first Rock and Roll autobiography co-authored by a patristic scholar - that is Mike Aqulina.

Many though will have picked up by now that this is a new book by Dion DiMucci who is just most simply known as Dion. The book is "Dion: The Wanderer Talks Truth."

I was already aware that Dion was a revert as I had seen him on EWTN before and have heard parts of his conversion story on EWTN Radio. This book though much more in depth in regards to his life and his conversion to the Church.

His story begins with his life as a youth that besides performing music at a young age included being a gang member in the Bronx. There are some very interesting stories told here of this part of his life - especially his interactions with a Father Percione a man who was very much a shepherd of his parish. While Dion did not follow much of the advice of this priest, his talks with him on subjects such as virtue remained with him throughout his life and provided markers for him on his later path to conversion. I really enjoyed his descriptions of this priest and how active he was in his neighborhood.

He describes his entrance professionally into the music business and his meteoric rise where he soon became a teenage millionaire. His path parallels so many stories which include sudden fame and the path of increasing drug intake. We think of the Sixties as the start of the Drug, Sex, and Rock n' Roll era - but the Fifties has it's share of the same problems.
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