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5.0 out of 5 starspresents the singular journey of one who devoted his career to musical excellence and his life to finding the lasting love he always believed possible
Reviewed in the United States on November 29, 2017
Artie Kane's memoir, "Music to My Years", presents the singular journey of one who devoted his career to musical excellence and his life to finding the lasting love he always believed possible. His unwillingness to compromise in either of these narratives resulted in a life of extraordinary events and encounters, a tale that conflates the monkish dedication of an artist with the obsession of Truffaut's "The Man Who Loved Women." Reader beware: this book is addictive! Rich with musical and social detail, it's also lavishly stocked with photos of the talented and famous; the chapter headings denoting the episodes of the author's life are titles from the great American songbook; first-person narrative promotes compulsive page-turning ("It's midnight: hmm, just one more segment"). The story unfolds in colorful episodes, confided to the reader with intimate modesty, as to a friend. Artie Kane eventually ends up in Hollywood ("I just wanted to see if I could play with the best musicians in the business"), where he became first-call pianist in the Hollywood studios, working with legions of great musicians and singers, like Henry Mancini, Quincy Jones, John Williams, Barbara Streisand, Andre Previn, Frank Sinatra, etc.; he wrote music for "The Love Boat," "Wonder Woman," and hundreds of other TV shows, and composed the scores for seven Hollywood films, including "Looking for Mr. Good Bar" and "The Eyes of Laura Mars." Equally impressive, and more chaotic, is the author's repertoire of eight wives and many girlfriends, introduced with compassion in vivid portraits. Ultimately, he finds the soul mate he had sought for so long. JoAnn, his wife for thirty-six years now, graces the last segment of the book, bringing reconciliation to his life and providing a happy ending to this restive novel. An honest, fascinating book and a great read!
5.0 out of 5 starsA Masterpiece of a Memoir About a Masterpiece of a Life
Reviewed in the United States on December 12, 2017
This book is phenomenal. A masterpiece of a memoir from a man who's led a masterpiece of a life, In Artie Kane's own voice, readers get to hear his story in just the way he would say it, moderate snarkiness and deadpan humor and all. Artie's life story is a bifurcated one; the story of a man born with a gift for music that took him all over the world and into recording studios with the most famous musicians in the world, and also the story of a man who, despite many failed attempts to find it, never stopped believing he could find true love. His book is funny, compelling, heartbreaking, awe-inspiring and triumphant, and I would recommend it for anyone who loves music and anyone who believes in the power of love. Or just anyone at all, because no matter who you are, this book will blow you away.
5.0 out of 5 starsA wonderfully entertaining and fascinating life story from Hollywood! About music making at it's best.
Reviewed in the United States on December 14, 2017
The name Artie Kane in the music business, especially in Hollywood is MAGIC. Meaning superior music played or written by the superior talents of Artie Kane. Later on in his career he took up conducting as well with equally brilliant music being made.
His biography is like sitting with this man over your favorite beverage hearing the harrowing stories of his life and career. So many interesting characters and events and being on the inside of music making in Hollywood along with a very interesting life. It is a must read and honestly a real page turner if you are interested in Hollywood, hollywood music and great talent. Fascinating and entertaining. A must read.
Reviewed in the United States on December 16, 2017
This is an amazing read!!! I literally could not put the book down once I started and stayed up until I had finished it. This page turner is better than any novel. While some biographies can be boring with too many dates of this and that, while those are included, they do not overwhelm the story line - and, boy, is it ever the most fascinating there is! I do not want to give away everything, but Artie Kane has more talent than any musician on the planet and was probably the least recognized for such as he was the man behind the scenes when it came to music for the movies, television, etc. He did receive some awards and accolades (well deserved!) and his interactions with other talented musicians and celebrities in Hollywood takes one back to an enchanting time. But it is his love life that is electrifying! While a genius, Artie Kane was no timid and uninteresting guy, but a man all the ladies wanted and the best of them all won him over for life - what a love story! This is a MUST read!!!!!!
5.0 out of 5 starsFascinating Autobiography of a Gifted, Troubled Musician
Reviewed in the United States on August 12, 2018
I was engrossed and touched by Artie Kane's life story. A demanding mother recognized and nurtured his prodigious gift for music. Early success in piano competition led to work in radio and then providing musical support for popular professional ice shows traveling the U.S. and Europe. Following success directing music at the Roxy Theater (NYC) in the waning days of vaudeville Artie moved on to Hollywood where he spent the next 30 plus years immersed in movie and television work; playing, arranging, writing and directing music. As successful and exciting as Artie's music career was he left behind a string of seven failed marriages and increasingly severe nervous-anxiety problems which led to addiction to valium. Finally scoring a supportive true love with wife number eight, good doctors and AA Artie is able to become drug free and able to find peace and connect with the real world. Great, entertaining true life story that is well told and uplifting.
Artie Kane's musical career has spanned several decades from the 1960's - initially as a very gifted pianist, and later as a film composer and conductor. Although I had not heard of him prior to reading this biography, I enjoyed it from the outset and learned a lot about his musical accomplishments scoring music for 250 TV shows including Wonder Woman, Dynasty and Love Boat, film scores for Looking for Mr Goodbar and Eyes of Laura Mars... Artie shares lots of anecdotes about working with Sinatra, Barbra Streisand... and the book is peppered with photographs of singers, musicians, musical directors, composers... I particularly enjoyed reading about Artie's eight marriages, and his realization that he was playing the role of rescuer. He has been happily married to JoAnn for more than 36 years and is enjoying his roles as a husband, father and grandfather. Highly recommended.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 15, 2017
I read this on the recommendation of Mark Myers (Jazz Wax). I can't figure out why he recommended it. More to the point I don't understand why Mr Kane wrote it - unless we readers are unwitting participants in some ongoing therapy. There are a few anecdotes about and insights into the world of a Hollywood studio musician and composer. But most of the text is about Mr Kane's psychiatric issues and a string of matrimonial problems. It isn't the sort of stuff I would lay before strangers. Not recommended by me.