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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.



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My Way
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2.8 / 5
January 23rd, 2014
This should have been a far better read than it actually was. Mr. Anka has been at the epicentre of celebrity for many decades and has many, many insights to share about the rich and famous. Some of his vignettes are very revealing and at times shocking. The style of writing (I believe) gets in the way of believability and the reader is left thinking that there is a bending of the truth or a puffing up of the author's importance tangental to these events. The writing throughout this book is unfortunately very sophmoric with few seguays that leaving one wondering what happened to the balance of a particular story and how did we get in to this one? All in all a disappointing read punctuated with some titillating revelations but not enough to prompt a recommendation to read.
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October 20th, 2013
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My Way - Paul Anka
September 18th, 2013
A good read about a very talented man that lived some great experiences starting at a young age. Interesting history of the music business and the entertainers he hung around with. Very much worth a read especially the Vegas days. The downside was that Paul would repeat himself often in passages throughout the book. It was like deja-vu because I could have sworn he just said the same thing a few pages before. You almost get the feeling that the book wasn't reviewed properly before being published.
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