Anyone Who Had A Heart

Anyone Who Had A Heart

My Life and Music

Large Print - 2013
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Over the past six decades, Burt Bacharach's songwriting has touched millions of listeners all over the world. Here, Bacharach steps out from behind the music to give an honest, engaging look at his life--from his work with Hal David, Dionne Warwick, Elvis Costello and many others, to his tumultuous marriages and the devastating fate of his beloved daughter. Growing up in Forest Hills, NY, during the 1930s and 1940s, Bacharach fell in love with music after sneaking into a Manhattan club to see the legendary Dizzy Gillespie. After a stint in the Korean War, he toured the world with Marlene Dietrich, wrote an endless string of hits, scored numerous Hollywood films, married movie star Angie Dickinson, and composed the music for the Broadway hit Promises, Promises. While he soared professionally, Bacharach's private life was dominated by the never-ending search for love--and the heartbreak that comes when it is lost--which is reflected in his greatest songs.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : HarperLuxe, 2013
Edition: Large print edition First HarperLux edition
ISBN: 9780062207272
Branch Call Number: LP 782.42164092 BAC NVD
Characteristics: viii, 406 pages (large print) : some colour illustrations ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Greenfield, Robert

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efisaacs
Feb 17, 2015

Love his music. But what an ego!

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manao
Jan 18, 2014

Although it's no substitute for listening to his often, dare I say, genius level music, Burt Bacharach's "warts and all" autobiography is very candid, allowing significant others to say critical things that could easily have been censored. His eventually suicidal daughter was born extremely prematurely and had organic brain/personality problems that made BB & Angie Dickinson's life quite difficult and unhappy. His relations with his other children were generally positive. Yes, like many artists, he's a bit self-centered and has an ego (practically required for a performer), but he reveals the stress of the obsessive perfectionism with which he created his many masterpieces.

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lunatucker
Dec 01, 2013

One of the rare books I wish I HADNT read...BB comes off as a total narcissist and self-absorbed bore who cheated on his wives, pretty much ignored his kids (one of which committed suicide) etc.....I get that he was/is talented but blgh--I hated this book and now I don't like BB much either.

ChristchurchLib Jul 16, 2013

"One of the greatest songwriters of all time discusses his tumultuous marriages, the tragic suicide of his daughter, his long-lasting success, and the never-before-told stories behind the hits." July 2013 Biography and Memoir newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=656325

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