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My Way

Anka, Paul (Book - 2013)
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My Way
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In My Way the smooth, charismatic singer and songwriter pens his long-awaited autobiography revealing a life that has been much more dramatic than his crooning reveals.
Authors: Anka, Paul
Title: My way
Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2013
Edition: First edition
Characteristics: 371 pages, 32 pages of unnumbered plates :,illustrations ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: by Paul Anka with David Dalton
Contents: Ottawa
Teen idol
Lonely boy
Painted words
Michael Jackson, Liz Taylor, a jewel heist, kinky Brits, tennis at midnight
and then I get pregnant
Vegas redux
If Donald Trumps who Wynns?
The Bellini episodes
Moving on
And now for my encore
Summary: In My Way the smooth, charismatic singer and songwriter pens his long-awaited autobiography revealing a life that has been much more dramatic than his crooning reveals.
Additional Contributors: Dalton, David 1945-
ISBN: 0312381042
Branch Call Number: 782.42164092 A611m 2013
Subject Headings: Canadian Americans Biography Singers United States Biography Anka, Paul
Topical Term: Canadian Americans
LCCN: 2013000635
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If you ask anybody how good he is, he will be the first to tell you. He is his own greatest fan. He has admired himself all his life, and has never needed humility. He was so close to his so called friends, that he felt quite compelled to turn on them in every page of the book. Yes Paul, Dick Clark was squeeky clean compared to you. His head has been in the clouds for so many years, that he has lost sight of what real people are all about. Hail the Conquering Hero.

"Fans of 1950s and '60s popular music will relish this autobiography of Canadian singer-songwriter Paul Anka, who achieved his first hit, "Diana," when he was 16. The following year, 1958, he had five more hits, and he became one of the most popular singers of the early '60s. As he focused more on songwriting, Anka became closely associated with the Rat Pack, drinking and gambling with Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and even mobsters. Sharing details of his own life and insights into the personalities of other pop stars and Rat Pack members, Anka's "lively, entertaining" (Booklist) account brings readers up to date." Biography and Memoir February 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/0e887225-0b8a-4fa1-a3f4-f7a1eba4ffe0?postId=0eb00fdc-2a64-4083-8ac8-384add517db0

A fair read about a nausiating man with a ferocious Napopleon complex. Everyone is his "dear friend of over thirty years and his lovely wife Alice". It reads like a transcript of a Jerry Lewis telethon. Some interesting tidbits but essentially a puny guy who thinks mob connections will make you think he's tough. Google "Paul Anka rant" to see what he's really like.

Sep 16, 2013
  • bette108 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I was so disappointed by this book. Anka shares almost nothing of his life other than his love of the Rat Pack and Las Vegas lifestyle. (This is something to be emulated?) I kept reading to the end in hopes that it would get better but it never did. I ought to have quit on page 10. Worse, some of his most caustic stories were related to people he swears are his friends....if that's how he treats friends, one certainly wouldn't want to be his enemy. I lost respect for him with each page.

My God! This is without doubt the worst edited book I have ever read! The author relates a story, and then a few pages later tells essentially the same story while maybe fifty pages later the reader is regaled yet again. Unbelievable! Whoever "edited" this book should be shot.

Jul 01, 2013
  • Ann33 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

His autobiography reinforced for me his brilliance as a songwriter starting in his teens. He used his intuition to guide him through his career and was able to reinvent himself every couple of years.

However, I wish he wrote more about his family life (only a few pages, if that) and less about the 'rat pack'.

A bit disappointed in the content and style of writing.

Jun 15, 2013
  • phelkel1 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

To summarize I took out an Autobiography of Paul Anka and a semi Biography of Frank Sinatra broke out.

Poorly constructed and edited.
There is no chronology and a rehash of stories of deceased people that is general knowledge.

Grateful for having taken out of the Library and not purchased.


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