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The Soul of It All: My Music, My Life PDF, ePub eBook After four decades in the music industry, Michael Bolton has become one the most successful musicians of our time. THE SOUL OF IT ALL is his backstage pass into his life lived thus far-into the venues, busses, limos, and hotel rooms of stardom, and finally into his home and heart. His story will go long and dive deep, not only into his self-proclaimed "vagabond vampire" li After four decades in the music industry, Michael Bolton has become one the most successful musicians of our time. THE SOUL OF IT ALL is his backstage pass into his life lived thus far-into the venues, busses, limos, and hotel rooms of stardom, and finally into his home and heart. His story will go long and dive deep, not only into his self-proclaimed "vagabond vampire" life, but also into the belly of the beast that is the music industry, with its joys, follies, and torments. From a 14 year old kid performing in dive bars in his hometown of New Haven, CT, to struggling to provide for his wife and kids, to finally breaking through with the Soul Provider album, and going on to sell more than 53 million albums and singles worldwide, Bolton has fought for and earned a life most just dream of. THE SOUL OF IT ALL is his life, chock-full of all the incredible stories, and the star-studded cast you'd expect, including: Luciano Pavarotti, Paula Abdul, Cher, Bob Dylan, Barbara Streisand, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, Otis Redding, Ray Charles, Placido Domingo, Renee Fleming, Bon Jovi, Wynonna Judd, BB King, Patti LaBelle, Carlos Santana, Nicolette Sheridan, Teri Hatcher and others...

30 review for The Soul of It All: My Music, My Life

  1. 4 out of 5

    Betsy Hover

    I was delighted to receive this book as Goodreads giveaway! This was one of the best Autobiography that I have read. This book drew me into his life’s journey and success. I was amazed at how many songs that I know, he has either written for other artist or was the co-writer. I enjoyed his pictures that steps thru time of family and his career.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    I confess, I've never considered myself a Michael Bolton fan. I found the whole "Fabio" look he sported for so many years a turn off, although I thought he sang well. What triggered my listening to his autobiography was that the Kindle version was on promotion and it prompted me to listen to a sample of the audio version. That said, I found "The Soul of It All" to be a very interesting listen. Mr. Bolton grew up in an upwardly mobile middle class home in New Haven, CT and left home as a teenager I confess, I've never considered myself a Michael Bolton fan. I found the whole "Fabio" look he sported for so many years a turn off, although I thought he sang well. What triggered my listening to his autobiography was that the Kindle version was on promotion and it prompted me to listen to a sample of the audio version. That said, I found "The Soul of It All" to be a very interesting listen. Mr. Bolton grew up in an upwardly mobile middle class home in New Haven, CT and left home as a teenager to seek out opportunities in the world of music. Since neither he nor his musician friends were affluent, this meant living in their van or other "creative" living situations to scrape by between gigs. He describes the financial struggles he experienced after marrying, trying to support his family on a musician's salary and how he finally turned to penning & singing commercial jingles to pay the rent. After his solo career began to take off, he stopped singing jingles fearing he'd dilute his brand as a performer. As he became more and more successful, he met and befriend famous folks like Bill and Hillary Clinton, Alice Cooper, and numerous other celebrities. While some reviewers felt he was "name dropping," I thought his reaction was that of awe... meeting people beyond his wildest dreams, a variation on "New Haven kid does good." The aspect of his autobiography that I found most surprising was his philanthropy. He founded a charitable organization serving women and children at risk for poverty and abuse (the Michael Bolton Charities) as a channel to give back to his home state of Connecticut and nationally. The last quote I expected to hear in his biography? Gandhi's "Poverty is the worst form of violence." Bolton is strongly committed to alleviating homeless and hunger, and considers poverty a form of domestic terror. I started listening to this autography based on hearing Bolton describe (in the audiobook sample) his delight in performing as Captain Jack Sparrow in a Saturday Night Live parody video. I continued to listen to the end inspired by Bolton's work ethic and (as he puts it) "kindness, compassion, and awe." Along with this being a very interesting book, Bolton's narration makes it even better. I'm glad I took the time to hear Michael Bolton tell the story of his life.

  3. 4 out of 5

    C.J. Corbin

    I enjoyed the listen... listened to the digital version. Perseverance is his middle name. While most entertainers would have quit many times over, Michael kept moving forward. Michael is incredibly motivational, so if he gets tired of singing ... he can always do motivational speaking. I don't feel like he really revealed "his soul", most of the book was a chronological telling of his life. He did dig a little deeper when he was relating his love for his daughters and the charity he sponsors ... I enjoyed the listen... listened to the digital version. Perseverance is his middle name. While most entertainers would have quit many times over, Michael kept moving forward. Michael is incredibly motivational, so if he gets tired of singing ... he can always do motivational speaking. I don't feel like he really revealed "his soul", most of the book was a chronological telling of his life. He did dig a little deeper when he was relating his love for his daughters and the charity he sponsors ... but as for his soul? Maybe in the next book. If you're a Michael fan (I am), you'll enjoy this book just because it's Michael.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Taylor Makela

    If I had to sum up my thoughts on Michael Bolton in one sentence, I would say, "He has really lived." Fortunately, I can say much more. Michael Bolton has the tenacious American spirit that I wish more of my fellow country men exhibited. His values and experiences range from heart breaking to uplifting. The man is a living legend of raw sexuality and spiritualism. My one wish is that he produced an audio version, so I could hear his soulful, hit producing voice recount the lessons this man has l If I had to sum up my thoughts on Michael Bolton in one sentence, I would say, "He has really lived." Fortunately, I can say much more. Michael Bolton has the tenacious American spirit that I wish more of my fellow country men exhibited. His values and experiences range from heart breaking to uplifting. The man is a living legend of raw sexuality and spiritualism. My one wish is that he produced an audio version, so I could hear his soulful, hit producing voice recount the lessons this man has learned. I especially enjoyed his discussion of crypt-zoology, particularly his fascination with Sasquatch and the Lake Champlain monster, Champ.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sylvia Doughty

    A wonderful memoir containing everything a good book should for, apart from being beautifully written and well laid out,there is honesty, pathos AND just the right amount of humour to keep you enthralled right up to the last page. Even if not a Michael Bolton fan, if you know of him, I certainly would advise reading this memoir for, it not only is the story of his life but a strong message is contained in it and it is one of never giving up, always believing in your dreams for they and the hope A wonderful memoir containing everything a good book should for, apart from being beautifully written and well laid out,there is honesty, pathos AND just the right amount of humour to keep you enthralled right up to the last page. Even if not a Michael Bolton fan, if you know of him, I certainly would advise reading this memoir for, it not only is the story of his life but a strong message is contained in it and it is one of never giving up, always believing in your dreams for they and the hope they contain, is what carries us through life.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    I couldn't put this book down, I loved every page but then I didn't doubt I wouldn't as I have been a Michael Boltin fan for years! Quddos to you Michael as one of the worlds finest singer-songwriters of our time!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    I really enjoyed this candid view of a great performer's life. He took responsibility for his mistakes and gave credit to those who helped him succeed. It gave me more insight into the origin of his songs, which add to my appreciation when listening to them.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bodea

    The Michael Bolton fan in me really enjoyed it! Reveiw to come.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Harolyn Legg

    One of my favorite singers tells his life story - quick read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    Very interesting reading about his life and struggles/triumphs to get where he is today.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    I'm an equal opportunty reader of celebrity bios.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Reader's Palace

    After four decades in the music industry, Michael Bolton has become one the most successful musicians of our time. THE SOUL OF IT ALL is his backstage pass into his life lived thus far-into the venues, busses, limos, and hotel rooms of stardom, and finally into his home and heart. His story will go long and dive deep, not only into his self-proclaimed "vagabond vampire" life, but also into the belly of the beast that is the music industry, with its joys, follies, and torments. From a 14 year old After four decades in the music industry, Michael Bolton has become one the most successful musicians of our time. THE SOUL OF IT ALL is his backstage pass into his life lived thus far-into the venues, busses, limos, and hotel rooms of stardom, and finally into his home and heart. His story will go long and dive deep, not only into his self-proclaimed "vagabond vampire" life, but also into the belly of the beast that is the music industry, with its joys, follies, and torments. From a 14 year old kid performing in dive bars in his hometown of New Haven, CT, to struggling to provide for his wife and kids, to finally breaking through with the Soul Provider album, and going on to sell more than 53 million albums and singles worldwide, Bolton has fought for and earned a life most just dream of. THE SOUL OF IT ALL is his life, chock-full of all the incredible stories, and the star-studded cast you'd expect, including: Luciano Pavarotti, Paula Abdul, Cher, Bob Dylan, Barbara Streisand, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, Otis Redding, Ray Charles, Placido Domingo, Renee Fleming, Bon Jovi, Wynonna Judd, BB King, Patti LaBelle, Carlos Santana, Nicolette Sheridan, Teri Hatcher and others... Book Jacket Not Included

  13. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    I've been a fan from the beginning, have been to see him in concert, have all his music, and he genuinely is my favorite singer. So I bought his book, finally read it, and I enjoyed it. I've read interviews over the years and found something curiously like kindred spirits but of course shrugged it off... but I found in reading his words, I understood this man. He shares a number of things not just about him, but those around him, his work, his charity, his interests, friendships, big moments, di I've been a fan from the beginning, have been to see him in concert, have all his music, and he genuinely is my favorite singer. So I bought his book, finally read it, and I enjoyed it. I've read interviews over the years and found something curiously like kindred spirits but of course shrugged it off... but I found in reading his words, I understood this man. He shares a number of things not just about him, but those around him, his work, his charity, his interests, friendships, big moments, disappointment, loss, love, family. A few lines in the book he wrote brought tears to my eyes, because I have said the same words myself. I am not surprised that this man has a genuine compassionate heart that is larger than his voice. A romantic soul.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Janet Mancini

    I have loved Micheal Bolton’s voice since I was a young girl. His rise in the music industry to his personal life just made me appreciate such a gifted singer that much.more. He has been truly a wonderful inspiration in my life. I so much appreciated his telling of the very rough times and the struggles along with the good times. A very well worth read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tersoc

    I wanted to love this book...I really did. I appreciate the voice, the music and the spirit of Michael Bolton and I was looking forward to reading more about this treasured artist. However, I felt disappointed by the lack of depth within many of Mr. Bolton's chapters. The beginning of Mr. Bolton's story starts out nice. His journey as a teenager rambling through school and across the country fascinated me as much as it alarmed me. A 15 year old could not do this today...skip school...hitchhike t I wanted to love this book...I really did. I appreciate the voice, the music and the spirit of Michael Bolton and I was looking forward to reading more about this treasured artist. However, I felt disappointed by the lack of depth within many of Mr. Bolton's chapters. The beginning of Mr. Bolton's story starts out nice. His journey as a teenager rambling through school and across the country fascinated me as much as it alarmed me. A 15 year old could not do this today...skip school...hitchhike to California...get caught up in drugs, without getting arrested or seriously harmed somewhere along the way. As a parent, I cringed as I read Mr. Bolton's accounts of his early adventures. I also appreciated his honesty and candor at the absurdity of it all as he looks back on his life. Mr. Bolton begins to describe his early relationships with his wife and colleagues with endearing softness. It is clear that Mr. Bolton cherished becoming a father and embraces the role of grand father, today. But then a shift happens after the first couple of chapters. Much of the book thereafter reads as if it were a resume. As Mr. Bolton progressed forward into his career, the story of his life is all about name dropping. I was a little bit put off by the constant list of who Mr. Bolton sang with, talked to, ate with, dated, toured with, wrote with, on and on and on. Page after page for many chapters Mr. Bolton lost sight of the humble story he started with. For example, the reader learns where Mr. Bolton meets his wife and her sweet personality...but then a chapter or so later...they are divorced. There is nothing in between. Perhaps Mr. Bolton tried to give a subtle analogy by doing this. He started off innocent and committed to her but got caught up in the "rock and roll" lifestyle and quickly the relationship is gone. I don't know, Mr. Bolton does not allow the reader a glimpse into this part of his soul. Or does he? It was clear to me as I read about Mr. Bolton's love affair with the actress Nicolette Sheridan that he felt deeply about her. I myself have felt this type of love and could totally relate to his expression of sadness and mourning over the loss of her presence. It is too bad that he did not use this deep emotion or reflection throughout the book. Just to make myself clear, Mr. Bolton's book is not poorly written. There is no doubt this is an intelligent and articulate person. In my opinion, I think he could have done less with the repetitiveness of the name association. Mr. Bolton is an important person all by himself. I got the impression that he had to drop big names throughout the book in an effort to make sure the reader understood just how important he really is. I would have enjoyed the book more if the approach would have taken on an more humble tone. If Mr. Bolton were to write a sequel...I would hope that he would stay in touch with the inner part of his soul and allow the reader to feel it not merely just read about it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mediaman

    Michael Bolton certainly loves himself but he doesn't want to reveal much about himself beyond his songs or his wild escapades. This book is filled with him bragging about his drug use at age 13, his dropping out of school by the 9th grade, his womanizing, his chart positions, the hundreds of songs he has written, and the famous people he has encountered. The ironic problem, considering the title, is that the book is soulless. There is no insight into the man, who he is or why he made certain ch Michael Bolton certainly loves himself but he doesn't want to reveal much about himself beyond his songs or his wild escapades. This book is filled with him bragging about his drug use at age 13, his dropping out of school by the 9th grade, his womanizing, his chart positions, the hundreds of songs he has written, and the famous people he has encountered. The ironic problem, considering the title, is that the book is soulless. There is no insight into the man, who he is or why he made certain choices. He glosses over his marriage and children, saying that he was too busy earning a living to be there for them--yet he had plenty of time to golf and jet around the world to do charity events or write songs with others when he was already rich. He does devote a little time to Nicolette Sheridan, but that almost seems like a kiss-up chapter where he carefully says only wonderful things about his ex-fiancee. He expresses his devotion to Bill and Hilary Clinton, claiming they are the most intelligent people he has ever met (which came as no surprise since he never got past 9th grade!). And he angrily defends himself against the lawsuit he lost regarding copying the Isley Brothers "Love is a Wonderful Thing" without acknowledging that the two choruses are almost identical. There are a few interesting stories in the book but the guy is full of himself and overestimates his success. He has often been considered a joke by the industry and radio listeners--but he tries to make the claim that he is one of the greatest songwriters of our generation. He is known as a bit of a self-centered hot head, yet he claims he is easy to work with. The guy needs a big dose of humility before he truly reveals his soul because you won't find it here.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mylinh

    I'm trying to read some of the books I purchased a long time ago and never got around to, and I think I got this on sale at some point. At least that's my story about why I was reading Michael Bolton's autobiography. ;) This was actually an entertaining read. Nothing too deep or earth shattering, but it was interesting to read about how he made it, especially since I remember a lot of his music. It was a lot of hard work, and many years living in poverty. He also has a lot of compassion (at leas I'm trying to read some of the books I purchased a long time ago and never got around to, and I think I got this on sale at some point. At least that's my story about why I was reading Michael Bolton's autobiography. ;) This was actually an entertaining read. Nothing too deep or earth shattering, but it was interesting to read about how he made it, especially since I remember a lot of his music. It was a lot of hard work, and many years living in poverty. He also has a lot of compassion (at least this is how he portrays himself), and he reflects a lot on how he had to sacrifice his relationships in order to pursue his music. He also has a foundation to help battered women get back on their feet, so he is doing some good with his fame and fortune.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie

    Listening to Michael read was a pleasure. "Relentless" probably best describes him - after the voice, of course. From New Haven CT and my age - so interesting to hear the back story of this talented singer, songwriter, producer, concert-performing star, and charitable founder. From playing guitar for coins in Greenwich Village at age 12 to auditioning to become a "jingle-singer" and making it big 18 years later, he certainly passes the test of endurance (almost 5 decades in music) and hardwork. Listening to Michael read was a pleasure. "Relentless" probably best describes him - after the voice, of course. From New Haven CT and my age - so interesting to hear the back story of this talented singer, songwriter, producer, concert-performing star, and charitable founder. From playing guitar for coins in Greenwich Village at age 12 to auditioning to become a "jingle-singer" and making it big 18 years later, he certainly passes the test of endurance (almost 5 decades in music) and hardwork. There is not much music he can't sing - r/b, r/r, soul, romantic, and opera with Pavaroti and P Domingo.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kris

    Where to begin...this was in interesting read. I don't follow the bromances in Hollywood, so there were so many interesting dynamic relationships Bolton has in his life. He writes about his life during the two decades of reaching the top, and lessons learned along the way. He has interacted with some of the most amazing dynamic people in music and political history. What I like most about his book is the positive messages he weaves throughout his writing. While a family man at heart, his is extr Where to begin...this was in interesting read. I don't follow the bromances in Hollywood, so there were so many interesting dynamic relationships Bolton has in his life. He writes about his life during the two decades of reaching the top, and lessons learned along the way. He has interacted with some of the most amazing dynamic people in music and political history. What I like most about his book is the positive messages he weaves throughout his writing. While a family man at heart, his is extremely focused on his musical legacy. On the funnier side he talks about his hair and when he finally cut it off as well as funny times on the road while trying to reach his pinnacle.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Angie

    Okay, okay. I've never owned his albums. I've never seen him in concert. I could name maybe 2 songs of his I've heard on the radio at work. He's not really my style. Honestly, my references to our author is the Bolton character from the funny film "Office Space" and the inappropriate SNL digital short he starred in. I adore biographies, so if I see one in my price range, hey, I'll read it. Doesn't matter who it's about. I was worried this would be boring....kind of like his music. It was surpris Okay, okay. I've never owned his albums. I've never seen him in concert. I could name maybe 2 songs of his I've heard on the radio at work. He's not really my style. Honestly, my references to our author is the Bolton character from the funny film "Office Space" and the inappropriate SNL digital short he starred in. I adore biographies, so if I see one in my price range, hey, I'll read it. Doesn't matter who it's about. I was worried this would be boring....kind of like his music. It was surprisingly candid. No spoilers. He's not the clean adult contemporary dude I figured him to be.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    Michael Bolton is a wonderful song writer, but not a great author, yet there was something compelling about his story. I could have done with less about the early party and pot years, but I enjoyed his encounters with famous musicians. His wonder and amazement and finding himself in the company of celebrities was endearing. A little disjointed and somewhat repetitive, the book does not follow a linear timeline which made it difficult to follow at times. But overall, I enjoyed this glimpse into t Michael Bolton is a wonderful song writer, but not a great author, yet there was something compelling about his story. I could have done with less about the early party and pot years, but I enjoyed his encounters with famous musicians. His wonder and amazement and finding himself in the company of celebrities was endearing. A little disjointed and somewhat repetitive, the book does not follow a linear timeline which made it difficult to follow at times. But overall, I enjoyed this glimpse into the career and life of a very talented singer.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nada

    I finished it in one sitting. It's strictly for fans and to be honest I've never listened to any of his songs except for one or two by chance. It's easy to read because it was written smoothly and with obvious sincerity. He has made amends with his past and worked hard to reach where he is today. I enjoyed it way more than I've guessed.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Simon Sweetman

    Never listened to a Michael Bolton song by choice - but enjoyed (most of) his book. Interesting story about overnight success taking forever; hard worker too. He did the yards, he did his hours. Still not interested in hearing any of his music by choice.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    This was way better than you might have guessed, especially in audiobook format, which Michael Bolton also narrates. He begins by discussing the SNL video in which he dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow. He also does impressions of Bill Clinton, Rodney Dangerfield and others. It was excellent!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Andd Becker

    Michael Bolton has written an entertaining book about his life. He enthuses about performing with Pavarotti. He reveals concerns about vocal cords. He gives an introspective appraisal of his love-of-singing lifestyle.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    WOW what can I say. I have always loved Michael Bolton and after reading the soul of it all, I love him even more if that's possible. The things this man has been through and the determination it took to get to where he is today are inspirational. It's a must read

  27. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    Mr. Bolton, This book was amazing..I've followed your work since i was in my teens! And it just keeps getting better! Big Fan Nova Scotia Canada! I'm having some Time, Love & Tenderness moment!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah

    This was an interesting look into the struggles of a singer and his determination to never give up on his dream.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Felecia Andrews

    It amazed me how much drugs he did when he was young and still have an awesome voice.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Angelina Mckenna

    surprisingly wonderful book! he has led an interesting life. I've been recommending this book to everyone who will listen.

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