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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 2 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (April 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312381042
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312381042
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.5 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (216 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It’s hard to imagine now, but once upon a time a 15-year-old boy from Canada could walk into an L.A. record company, sing a song he wrote, and get signed to a recording contract. Paul Anka’s first hit, “Diana,” came in 1957, when he was 16. He was just a kid, but so were many of his contemporaries: Frankie Lymon, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Everly Brothers. Anka had five hits in a single year, 1958, and he was among the top acts of the late 1950s and early ’60s, but then something happened that could have ended his career: the Beatles. Anka wisely changed course, focusing on songwriting, but for an older audience, turning out the theme for Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show, Sinatra’s monster hit “My Way,” and Tom Jones’ “She’s a Lady,” while still performing in Vegas and occasionally coming up with a hit of his own (“(You’re) Having My Baby”). A lively, entertaining autobiography by one of the true legends of the music business. --David Pitt

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"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

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Most of the book was very monotonous and not all that interesting.
JerseyGirl
I always liked him but came away from the book not to sure, I'm sorry I read the book.
Matthew Trivelli
Loads of very interesting stories from someone who personally lived them.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By maurkee on April 22, 2013
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My God what an ego this man has. All he does throughout the whole book is
tell the reader how wonderful and smart he is.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Cathy Cole on April 21, 2013
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A meandering and mean-spirited book that the world could truly do without. I bought it not because I am a fan of Anka's, but to read about how his career intersected with others'. What I got was a book that meandered all over the place with no chronological thought, almost no detail except on truly juvenile pranks he played on others even as an adult and incredible repetitiveness that any half-skilled editor should have caught and sent back for a rewrite. Egotistical, mean-spirited and boring. Don't waste your money or your time.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By ddledgenet on April 22, 2013
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This memoir started out to be promising but soon degenerated into a conceited, sordid mess. Endless ramblings about the rat pack, the mafia, needless mean spirited tattling (he claims to be a friend to Sammy Davis jr but I sure hope Sammy's kids don't pick this up thinking Uncle Paul would say nice things.)

Another singer who left his faithful wife after a zillion years, what a guy. Glad I didn't push out 5 babies for him. And then let's whine about wife 2....

An egotistical jerk, Too bad I'll think that every time I hear one of his songs from now on. A complete waste of money.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Crabigail Cassidy TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 23, 2013
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Poorly written and edited with little sense of order or continuity, this book might be bearable if there was some kindness or honesty hidden within all the story spinning. Mr. My Way (aka Paul Anka) is a singer/songwriter who has been kicking around for decades. After reading this book, I am convinced that all those decades have absolutely taught him nothing about kindness, consideration, loyalty to family and friends, or friendship. He is a man who is short of stature and also short on humility.
This book is a non-stop salute to himself. After all, the worlds revolves around him. Everybody loves him, but no one more than himself. While he spends very little time discussing his daughters or the first wife who bore them and gives little good explanation as to why the marriage fell apart, the reader can infer that his second career as a serial adulterer might have had something to do with it.
As a friend to the rich and famous and self described member of the Rat Pack, there are tales of Frank, Dean, and Sammy as well as people like Michael Jackson who presumably were counted as friends. Sadly, based on the unflattering comments made by Anka, it makes one wonder if these friends are rolling in their graves about now. Heck, if you can't speak well of the dead don't speak at all.
When not talking about his pals, the reader gets to walk on the wild side with Anka in Vegas that is heavy with babes, booze, drugs, and the mob. Come to think of it, there is more of the same when Anka is on the road.
Yes, Paul Anka is a prankster and partier. Conceited and self-centered, this is one guy who likes to talk about his favorite subject.......HIMSELF.
This book quickly loses momentum and rapidly evolves into a big snooze. It travels all over the place, has little continuity, and the author really doesn't connect with the reader in a meaningful way. I advise passing on this book.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By makeham98 on April 29, 2013
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I am so glad I didn't spend money on this book. And my review pretty much will repeat what several others have said.

The writing in this book is terrible. Conversational to a gigantic fault. Minimal linearity, jumping from decade to decade in the same paragraph. Yes, he mentioned that factoid three chapters ago.

He trashes almost everyone. His one-page mention of Angie Dickinson is deplorable. He has strange ways of describing his "friends", especially those in the mob. He'll describe someone as a killer, but once you get past that he is a dear man and we remained close friends. An entire chapter on what a prankster he is with dull unfunny incidents.

His stories of travelling in early rock and roll shows are probably the most interesting stories in the book (least retold by others). And you'll know that Buddy Holly traveled with his own band because he repeats that seemingly a dozen times.

Books about similar times - try Rickles, or Dean and Me. Much less self-worship and enjoyable.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Mark Silver, M.D. on April 13, 2013
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paul anka had an amazing career and his recounting of early rock and roll tours are excellent. I can hear his voice buh buh buh but this book needs a good editor. I loved Patti Smith's and Richards bios more Those books were richer and deeper and I could begin to understand what motivated them. This book has a lot of 'great guy give you the shirt off his back' but
many things are withheld. He tells me a little bit about his brother but nothing about his sister. His siblings must have married deadbeats or not married at all. What' s not said is interesting- 35 years of marriage ended- why? He wanted a son. He had a classy wife who put up with years of infidelity. Of course he gave her the art to keep her quiet.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By toosie on May 4, 2013
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I really looked forward to reading the book because I have always liked Paul Anka as a composer and performer. But this book was a huge disappointment. It could have benefited by some serious editing. I expected the ego factor, but in this book it was overboard. However, that being said, the insight into the beginning of rock and roll and the rise of Vegas was extremely interesting from a historical perspective.
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