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Passion Celine Dion: The Book: The ultimate guide for the fan! Paperback – April 22, 2002
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About the Author
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Every musical decade has embraced its superstar acts: The Beatles and Diana Ross & The Supremes in the 1960s, Donna Summer and Elton John in the '70s, and Michael Jackson and Madonna in the '80s. With the dawning of the 1990s, a diminutive young woman hailing from the French-Canadian province of Québec, Canada, released her first international English-language single, and within just a couple years, hers became the heartbeat heard around the world.
What the non-French-speaking world had yet to discover at the time is that Céline Dion had already rooted a heralded career in her native Canada, singing sweet love songs in French. But she and manager-cum-husband René Angélil, himself a popular singer in the nation during the 1960s, had big dreams to conquer the charts far beyond the scope of their homeland.
The rest of her story is well-entrenched in the world's music lore now, from Dion's consistent, methodical rise with platinum, multi-platinum, on up to 26-times platinum albums on Sony Records and her eventual domination of the charts, to countless awards across the continents, and, perhaps her crowning achievement to date, the Oscar-winning "My Heart Will Go On", which helped define the pop culture phenomenon of James Cameron's historic 1998 film, Titanic.
Truly, Dion became one of the premiere talents of the '90s and now, into the millenium, with every successive effort creatively and commercially topping the one before.
What has not been documented, until now in this book, is a comprehensive triptych of those achievements in each nation, including her hits, awards, sales, and the daily activities that the tireless Dion accomplished to bring her to such heights.
I met author Sylvain Beauregard several years ago, first through his award-winning Céline Dion Web site, the most comprehensive of its kind on the Internet, then on a sunny afternoon before a sold-out Celine Dion concert at New York's Madison Square Garden. Sylvain and I lunched and talked endlessly about our prized diva, inevitably ending up in a game of Céline trivia. For all that I knew about the artist's meteoric rise, I lost to Sylvain. Badly. Pride aside, no one is more qualified to do the job set forth in these pages than Mr. Beauregard.
Herein lies the most comprehensive text on the career of Céline Dion, a story told through shimmering statistics and quick-hit facts, making any narrative that might traditionally seem perfunctory far less effective at telling her amazing tale than the numbers themselves.
The sweeping compendium of facts you'll find here is much more than a trivia game for one of the world's most recognized singers. It is a definitive portrait of the real power of love.
Chuck Taylor Senior Editor Billboard March 2002
Top Customer Reviews
I am not farmilar with who this author is and I do not understand why he goes on and on about his education, his affiliation with Dion, and the work he put into his self proclaimed "Best website ever on the singer". This indeed does not sell the book, it only builds up to what I have found to be a pointless factual boring book. This book is great if you are interested in chart performance and album sales.
If you are looking for a great read on Dion's life stick with the Authorized Biography or the book that Dion wrote herself, much more entertaining. This book is much hype and leaves the reader totally dissapointed and confused about why they purchased it. Please don't waste your money! I feel this book is a product of some type of twisted obsession and it's almost like this person thinks Dion owes him something because he simply created a website for her???? Did that make her the global superstar she is today?? I think not! Yet, he has used her name and image to further his own projects and has made money off Dion's name. This book is no better than the other trash that has been written about the singer. Please, don't waste your money.
According to Mr. Beauregard, Sony and the entire music media business would crumble and collapse without him. His "passion" for Celine goes far beyond being a fan and straight into obsession. I think it would serve Ms. Dion well to post a guard outside her door when this guy is around.
There is some interesting stuff in the book, but it's nothing that's not in any of the other books about Celine Dion.
This book is intended neither as a biography nor as a picture book. It's a reference guide, containing exhaustive information on the singer's releases of albums, singles, b-sides and chart information. While several b-sides, rare songs and remixes are not listed, the author does his best to cover as much as possible in the 244 pages of information.
In fact, the only thing missing from the book that was on the website are the lyrics and translations. However, that is understandable as the lyrics are under copyright and cannot be reproduced for the purposes of gaining a profit. The information contained within the pages of this book go from her humble beginnings to March 2002 -- the release of the "A New Day Has Come" single and album.
I, for one, have gotten as much use out of this book as I did with the website. The book provides for at least one of my reasons for visiting the "Passion" site. One reason was for the extensive discography information, which I have since expanded upon for my own Celine Dion fansite. The other reason I visited his website was for the lyrics, which I am also working on providing in my website.
This book is not for the new fan. It is for one who's already a diehard, like myself. Forget what you've heard about Sylvain and judge the book on its own merit. It has much to offer, especially for those who are curious as to the statistical data of her career up to Spring 2002, the music-oriented geeks, and the fans who must have EVERYTHING pertaining to her on their book and CD shelves. However, if you want a biographical account of her lifestory, you will want to look elsewhere.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Unbelievable reference guide...anything and everything I might ask myself about Celine and her outstanding and uncomparable career! Read morePublished on March 19, 2013 by CHERYL K SILVERSTEIN
Hi I think this is a great book for the collector, not for the "I'm just a fan" fan. I've used this book myself as a source of information for our own website ([... Read morePublished on August 1, 2005 by Yentl Anchel
Sylvain Beauregard has done what no other Celine Dion fan has, created not only an amazing website, full of facts and the only complete French/English Celine song translation... Read morePublished on September 16, 2003 by Valerie A. Thomas