The Universal Tone

The Universal Tone

Bringing My Story to Light

Book - 2014
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An intimate account by the rock music artist traces his hardscrabble youth in Mexico and early days as a promising guitarist through his influential collaborations with fellow Latin stars
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316244923
Branch Call Number: BIO Santana
Characteristics: viii, 535 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustratoins (some color) ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Kahn, Ashley - Author
Miller, Hal - Author


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Sep 24, 2019

A brilliant, well written, fascinating and absorbing autobiography by legendary guitarist Carlos Santana. He takes you on his musical journey from Mexico to San Francisco and beyond. Along the way he writes about the various musical artists who have influenced his music and band, showing how he is clearly one hell of a music lover. This memoir is packed with information and stories --- the highs and lows. It also answered many questions I had about the man --- how he became a music lover, his life in Mexico, high school days at San Francisco's Mission High, rise in the San Francisco music scene, spiritual journey, personal life, why there have been so many changes in his band's line up, and what he has been up to all these years. Santana takes you into his heart and soul like no other musician. Having read this book, I not only admire his music, I admire the soulful, goodhearted and benevolent man himself. This book is also a great history of the local San Francisco music scene of the mid 1960s-1970s and the important role this city played in connecting him to and educating him about the myriad of music talent out there in the world, which I don't think would have happened in Mexico. At that time, Santana was a familiar fixture in SF, frequently playing often at Winterland and other venues. I was one of those early Santana fans, and his Santana album was the signature of my high school days. Thank you for sharing the details of your amazing life, Santana.

Feb 02, 2016

Good read for Santana fans. You get it all, the music, the personal and the spiritual. If you don't come away with a feeling you know the guy it isn't because he doesn't lay it out there for you. Loves Miles and Coltrane and apparently Frank Zappa was not a fan.

SFPL_RicardoA Jul 06, 2015

At 500-plus pages, don't expect the most cohesive and well-written autobiography by a musical icon. But there is no denying that this is an honest, courageous, and spiritually-charged statement about American music and life as an immigrant in San Francisco's psychedelic 1960s. A must-read for Santana fans and those interested in the history of American rock 'n' roll.


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jpainter Nov 04, 2014

"I'm not Latino, or Spanish; what I am is a child of light. I want this book for people to understand that you don't have to be the Dalai Lama, or the Pope, or Mother Teresa, or Jesus Christ to create blessings and miracles. Keep repeating, 'I am that I am; I am the light.'" -- NPR interview 11-4-14


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