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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118062973
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118062975
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #459,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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* ""The only other thing that need be said about 'World on a String' is that sitting alone reading it, I found myself erupting in laughter at least a dozen times."" (Playbill.com, December 2012)

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"John Pizzarelli has the gift of gab in more ways than one. A great storyteller, he can spin the tiniest anecdote about the musician's life into a sidesplitting absurdist yarn."
Stephen Holden, The New York Times

"They say great musicians should play, not talk. John Pizzarelli is the exception. His book is as breezy, melodic, and lyrical as one of his concerts, and he captures both the love and laughter of a life in music with virtuosic skill."
Mitch Albom, author of The Time Keeper and Tuesdays with Morrie

"John Pizzarelli is one of the most entertaining performers you'll ever see on a stage. He's perfection: a musician, a singer, a comedian. And now with World on a String, it turns out that John's a perfect author, too. You're going to love it."
Regis Philbin, television host

"World on a String is engaging, well written, heartfelt, and insightful. I'm impressed by John's recall and by the way he can recreate a moment and convey a warm sense of all these characters. I love that he even included Paul Lynde!"
Michael Feinstein, performer and composer


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I highly recommend World on a String to any music fan.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Brian R. Sheridan on November 22, 2012
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Seeing John (and his band) in person is a joy to behold, as is listening to he and "Molaskey" on Radio Deluxe. While he is self-deprecating about his stories, they are wonderful and add so much to the appreciation and enjoyment of his music. Somehow, the fun of those shows is perfectly captured in this book. Jazz musicians always have great stories. Those are captured here as Pizzarelli riffs on sidemen, his father, and the King of Swing himself, Benny Goodman. I hope this is first of several books of road stories. This one ended way too soon. Get the book, listen to the radio show, see him in concert, and buy the records - John Pizzarelli will enrich your life in so many ways. I have been able to interview John a few times and he is as personable and charming off-stage as he is on-stage.

UPDATE after listening to Audible Edition:

While I still stand by my review of the book, I wanted to add that you should serious consider the audio version of John's book. He reads it, plays guitar, and even does impressions (a fair-to-middling Walter Cronkite, Billie Holiday, Bucky, but an uncannily accurate Molaskey). It is like sitting around a dinner table (eating eggplant marinara) while John spins these interesting, often hilarious, tales of his time in the music business and growing up in the 1970s. Download it to your music device and you won't want to turn it off.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Thomas J. Cray on November 1, 2012
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Anyone who's ever seen John Pizzarelli live has already been introduced to his warm and engaging personality - and it comes across clearly in print, as well. John welcomes you with open arms into his childhood, growing up with a well-known and exceptional jazz guitarist father, and forging his own path as a musician, a singer, and an extraordinary guitarist in his own right. His career (so far) has been filled with high points such as working with Rosemary Clooney, Frank Sinatra, James Taylor, and Paul McCartney. I'd have enjoyed this book if it were twice as long! A MUST READ for guitarists, singers, fans of the American Songbook, Jazz, New York City, etc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dave from section 109 on November 3, 2012
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For those of you who have seen John Pizzarelli in concert, attended BLOHARDS lunches over the past 25+ years, or can't decide whether your favorite version of "I Like Jersey Best" is the Paul Simon version or the Beach Boys, it will come as no surprise that this debut offering from John Pizzarelli and Joseph Cosgriff is a highly entertaining read. The book is much more than a memoir. It is really a history of jazz and cabaret music in New York that bridges the eras of Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney, Benny Goodman, and the days of the "Tonight Show" band in New York City, with the modern day jazz scene. The book is also a lovely tribute to Bucky Pizzarelli, whose contributions to jazz and pop music over the decades are unparalleled.

The chapter on Frank Sinatra is particularly interesting, as it provides rarely discussed insights into what life on the road during a Sinatra tour was like for the musicians. In particular, the authors go out of their way to praise Frank Sinatra, Jr. for his role as Band Leader. You leave this chapter with a real appreciation for "Junior" and what it is like to go through pre show rehearsals and preparations for an act like Sinatra. Chapters involving Benny Goodman, affectionately referred to as "KOS", and Rosemary Clooney, who John often collaborated with at Rainbow & Stars and on an album of Brazilian music, are also highly entertaining.

The book also highlights John Pizzarelli's radio career with some amusing stories and offers some insights for actors involved in under-funded Broadway productions. The "My Favorite Things" and "Frequently Asked Questions " (FAQ) sections in the back are nice touches that share numerous obscure, humorous facts about Pizzarelli.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cal Bear on March 13, 2013
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Fun read, especially learning the Pizzarelli family connection with so many musical legends. If you're a jazz aficionado, or if you're old enough to remember names like Doc Severinson and the Tonight Show Band, the book is a great behind-the-scenes look at multiple decades of music history. Well written, enjoyable book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adam from flat iron on January 7, 2013
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I don't read that many books cover to cover but World on a String is worth it and I am so happy I read it. It is a very quick read and very much worth the time. John is an American treasure and the book captures not only the commentary from one of our virtuoso musicians but the honest insights from a kid from New Jersey who gets to not only know but perform with many of his musical idols. It also depicts honestly the trials and tribulations of being in a performing family with an almost unparalleled respected name in musical circles.The comments are honest and engaging and any fan of music, sports or movies can easily relate to the thrills that are described so honestly by John and the book's co- author, Joe Cosgriff.

I thought it was extremely informative and helped describe as well as provide a great history of a genre of music that I did not know that much about. I thought it was far more educational on the history and evolution of some great jazz artists and musicians than I ever would have guessed such as Rosemary Clooney and Doc Severinsen, who I remember so well from leading the the Tonight Show band.

My favorite part of the book related to the Sinatra tour and the descriptions of Frank Jr. who prior to my reading I never knew much about. The book changed my whole perception of him and the descriptions of dealing with a father who is aging hit home to me on a personal level. Also, as a huge Sinatra fan, I was captivated by the descriptions of Old Blue Eyes in the Autumn of his career.

I highly recommend World on a String to any music fan. It is a delight from start to finish and if you are a John Pizzarelli fan or you have had the good fortune to ever see John perform you will no doubt be in 7th heaven.
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