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The king and I : the uncensored tale of Luciano Pavarotti's rise to fame by his
Breslin, Herbert H.
Adult Nonfiction ML420.P35 B74 2004

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From Publishers' Weekly:

In this outspoken and entertaining book, the authors chronicle Breslin's 36 years as publicist and manager for tenor Pavarotti, from the early days when the singer was, Breslin says, "a very beautiful, simple, lovely guy," to the final years of his career, when Breslin found him "a very determined, aggressive, and somewhat unhappy superstar." In Breslin's frank telling, Pavarotti emerges as a charming but utterly impossible man with an outsized ego, a need to dominate, a total disregard for other people (from secretaries and coaches to world-renowned conductors) and a passion for food, women, horses and money. Breslin is blunt about Pavarotti's many quirks and foibles, such as his superstitions, his inability to read music and his frequent failure to learn the words of his opera parts in time for performances. Accounts of the singer's missteps in recent years, such as the embarrassing final Metropolitan Opera appearances, are especially unflattering. Tenor and manager parted by mutual agreement, but Breslin doesn't take the separation lightly. Pavarotti seems unaffected by the acrimony; the book concludes with an interview he gave Midgette, a classical music reviewer for the New York Times, in which he expresses appreciation for his longtime manager and friend. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Breslin, a classical music publicist and manager, and Midgette, a music reviewer for the New York Times and contributor to Opera News, offer an engrossing, no-holds-barred treatment of the life and musical journeys of superstar tenor Luciano Pavarotti up to 2003. Episodes dealing with Pavarotti's appetites for various foodstuffs, the making of the film Yes, Giorgio, and the Three Tenors phenomenon are especially enjoyable; the role of the almighty dollar in decision making and Pavarotti's many self-indulgences are also emphasized. Breslin's crass and earthy style, which may result from exasperation with the constant demands of Pavarotti and other high-handed artists, wears a bit thin. though . Fortunately, the tenor has a short interview with Midgette at the end to explain some of his behaviors; without this, he comes across as rather a monster. The current book contrasts with the somewhat dated though still useful Pavarotti: My Own Story (1981) and its sequel, Pavarotti: My World. Sure to be in demand; recommended for public libraries serving a clientele with strong constitutions. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 6/1/04.] Barry Zaslow, Miami Univ. Libs., Oxford, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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