My Way

My Way

[an Autobiography]

Book - 2013
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Baker & Taylor
A personal account by the iconic 1950s pop singer known for such hits as "Diana" and "Put Your Head on My Shoulder" includes coverage of his relationships with fellow celebrities, the influx of British music popularity that radically changed music trends and his later-career successes as a songwriter. 75,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave

A teen idol of the 1950s who virtually invented the singer/songwriter/heartthrob combination that still tops pop music today, Paul Anka rocketed to fame with a slew of hits-from "Diana" to "Put Your Head on my Shoulder"-that earned him a place touring with the major stars of his era, including Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Buddy Holly. He wrote Holly's last hit, and just missed joining the rocker on his final, fatal plane flight. Anka also stepped in front of the camera in the teen beach-party movie era, scoring the movies and romancing their starlets, including Annette Funicello.

When the British invasion made his fans swoon for a new style of music-and musician--Anka made sure he wasn't conquered. A rapier-canny businessman and image-builder who took his career into his own hands-just as he had from the very beginning, swiping his mother's car at fourteen to drive himself, underage, to his first gigs in Quebec-Anka toured the world until he could return home in triumph. A charter member of the Rat Pack, he wrote the theme music for The Tonight Show as well as his friend Frank Sinatra's anthem "My Way". By the 1970s, a multi-decade string of pop chart-toppers, including "Puppy Love" and "(You're) Having My Baby", cemented his status as an icon.

My Way is bursting with rich, rollicking stories of the business and the people in Anka's life: Elizabeth Taylor, Dodi Fayed, Tom Jones, Michael Jackson, Adnan Khashoggi, Little Richard, Brooke Shields, Johnny Roselli, Sammy Davis, Jr., Brigitte Bardot, Barnum & Bailey Circus acrobats, and many more. Anka is forthcoming, funny and smart as a whip about the business he's been in for almost six decades. My Way moves from New York to Vegas, from the casino stage to backstages all over the world. It's the most entertaining autobiography of the year.



Baker
& Taylor

A personal account by the iconic 1950s pop singer known for such hits as "Diana" and "Put Your Head on My Shoulder" covers his relationships with fellow celebrities, the influx of British music popularity that radically changed music trends, and his later-career successes as a songwriter.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2013
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
Description: 371 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9780312381042
Branch Call Number: 782.42164 Ank
Additional Contributors: Dalton, David 1945-

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aalvis
Mar 26, 2014

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.

ChristchurchLib Feb 19, 2014

"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

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fmdidgad
Jan 21, 2014

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.

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bette108
Sep 16, 2013

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.

145e Aug 06, 2013

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.

Ann33 Jul 01, 2013

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.

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phelkel1
Jun 15, 2013

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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