The Gospel According to Luke

Narrated by: Steve Lukather
Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
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No one explodes one of the longest-held misconceptions of music history better than Steve Lukather and his band Toto. The dominant pop-culture sound of the late 1970s and '80s was not in fact the smash and sneer of punk but a slick, polished amalgam of rock and R&B that was first staked out on Boz Scaggs' Silk Degrees. That album was shaped in large part by the founding members of Toto, who were emerging as the most in-demand elite session muso-crew in LA, and further developed on the band's self-titled three-million-selling debut smash of 1978. A string of hits followed for the band going into the '80s and beyond. Running parallel to this, as stellar session players, Lukather and bandmates David Paich, Jeff Porcaro and Steve Porcaro were also the creative linchpins on some of the most successful, influential and enduring records of the era.   

In The Gospel According to Luke, Lukather tells the Toto story: how a group of high school friends formed the band in 1977 and went on to sell more than 40 million records worldwide. He also lifts the lid on what really went on behind the closed studio doors and shows the unique creative processes of some of the most legendary names in music: from Quincy Jones, Paul McCartney, Stevie Nicks and Elton John to Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, Don Henley, Roger Waters and Aretha Franklin. And yet, Lukather's extraordinary tale encompasses the dark side of the American dream. 

Engaging, incisive and often hilarious, The Gospel According to Luke is no ordinary rock memoir. It is the real thing....

©2018 Steve Lukather and Paul Rees (P)2018 Hachette Audio UK

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Embracing the Gospel as an Atheist

True, I am an all time absolute Toto fan. But I always kept a distance in fear of reality belittling my idols.
I bought the book out of curiosity and left if there for some time, finishing up other stuff. After my latest Toto VIP experience in Lucca I decided it was about time I started the book. Started? I devoured it. Couldn’t just stop listening to it. It is fresh, direct, totally honest and frank, touching, full of love and all other primary emotions; and at the same time it is incredibly informative about not only Tito but the LA and world music scene in general as it evolved over the decades. And it includes the unveiling of sacred secrets (like tuning the guitar to the Stones’ setting). I really hope Luke will write another one. One warning: if you, like me, are (i) Italian and (ii) a lawyer, be prepared to take some ++++.

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I loved this book!!

If you love Steve Lukather and Toto this book IS the book for you. I loved it from the beginning till the very end!!

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awesome!

Luke is a great story-teller and gosh do he have storys.
if you are a musician there is nothing to think over, BUY.
If you are not, still do because it's great!

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Thanks Luke....love and light to you...

FANTASTIC...!!!
All was eating in one day. Thanks Luke forcsharing. Thank you for your f... Honesty


FANTASTIC...!!! That's all I can say


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Great

Great book,interesting stores about a great musician. A book I would recommend for music lovers

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Studio Great’s Story

Steve Lukather writes an honest and straightforward book of his life in the L.A. studio musician scene if the late 70’s and 1980’s - the last of an era still surviving in today’s computerised music scene. Musicianship has been put on the back burner and is totally under appreciated these days but Luke’s story is nevertheless captivating and riveting! The language is rusty but that is refreshing in today’s PC environment. It can also be touching; reminiscing over friends and family lost over the years especially the Porcaro Brothers, Jeff and Mike! The music from this era is varied and eclectic but Luke’s involvement with several Monster hits from the time is very interesting reading/listening! Highly recommended for any musician or budding musician and for lovers if the thousands of recordings, literally, that Luke has played on - go look up his discography - so enjoy his very entertaining and very funny book and Audible!!!!

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  • Glen Ferris Music
  • 02-06-19

Steve Lukather - Another Hit!

As a kid in the 70s and 80s I used music as an escape vehicle from a troubled childhood. I spent hours reading L.P. liner notes to learn who played what, where it was recorded, who mixed it etc. Eventually 83 comes round and Rosanna took over the UK airwaves. Suddenly it all came together and that massive interconnected map of music had a hub: Toto. And right in the eye of the storm was Luke. To hear Luke tell you the real facts behind that far reaching map of musical talents that were, to me, mythical beings from another world, was utterly fascinating and life afirming. Any one looking for a kiss and tell debauched swagger through L.A.session history will be disappointed. Any one looking to hear a brilliant, sarcastic, poignant, ironic, coincident, honest and humbling story of a gifted yet self deprecating man walk you through both staggeringly famous session stories as well as staggeringly painful tales of love and loss , combined with effortless wit, effortless cursing and moments of laugh out loud humour is in good company. They say to know Steve Lukather is to love him. Amen to that. His narration is pitch perfect, his tone is spot on, his timing is hilariously on point. His is a tale worth telling and a tale only he can tell. Ultimately it's a tale of love, of family, friends and of course, music.

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  • T.Weller Audiobook reviews
  • 04-21-20

Simply brilliant!

I’d never even heard of Steve Lukather but I’d read some reviews on his book and it sounded good so I gave it a try and boy am I glad I did. I could listen to him talk all day. Such fantastic story’s and I love the detail in which he breaks down the musical stuff. His delivery is awesome and true and I pray he does another book. A must for any music fans. It gives you an inside look at what really makes the music business work with many artists not given the recognition they deserve when it’s those artist/session musicians that are the beating heart of some of our favourite music past and present.
Simply a sensational listen.

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  • John o'neill
  • 02-27-20

brilliant

some great & inside stories.
some good,some sad,& some amazing.
honest & forthcoming a man is luke.

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  • Michael Maksymiw
  • 02-16-20

Fantastic loved it

I totally enjoyed this book from the offset. Interesting, amusing and gripping. Have a listen to this you won’t be disappointed.

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  • Mr SA Lambe
  • 11-20-19

Funny and moving autobiography

This is one of the best rock biographies I have listened to. You don't have to be a Toto fan (but it helps) since his insights into the late 70s and early 80s scene as a session musician are also of great interest. He's also suffered - with more personal heartbreak and tragedy than most people deserve in one lifetime - some of it of his own making, as he admits.

The best thing about this version, though, is that he reads it himself. This is simply terrific. Luke is no actor, so he reads in a throaty (and occasionally slurry) Californian drawl. However,once you get used to his style, it's all the better for it. He's delightfully sweary, and even better, his reading is superbly spontaneous. He laughs at bits of the story and also embellishes with additional anecdotes and comments from time to time, as they occur to him. This sort of approach can be irritating (as with the Eddie Izzard autobiography) but here it's magnificent and really makes the listener feel he's taking just to them.

Superb. Laugh out loud funny and heartbreaking in equal measure.

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  • Freddie Draper
  • 09-19-19

FANTASTIC!

Thia is everything you can eat and more (as far as genius rock stars go). Steve Lukather 's sardonic and self-deprecating approach to just about everything is hilarious and thoroughly moving. He's played for just about anyone you can think Of! highly recommended.

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  • Ben
  • 08-07-19

More, more, more......

Great to hear some of the story's that have been unclear for so many years.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-24-19

Wow

What a beautiful story so sad but yet funny your awesome keep the love xxxx

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  • Ray Bateman
  • 02-21-19

Audio killed the folio star...

Firstly, this is a great story about a young guy from a good hard working family who makes something of himself in the music business, in and around San Fernando, California in the early to mid 1970s. Simple as that.
If though, you are into the fusion, rock, soul, funk, pop music of the 1970s and 1980s, meet one of the main players of the day, and all of his stories, and the high highs and low lows he experiences along the way. However, I am and always have been a huge admirer of Luke’s playing, and I love his phrasing and style. And fortunately, I also really dig his band, Toto. So, I figured that buying this book would be a no brainer. When I also find that Luke is reading his audiobook I had to go for it, and for ALL the reasons I have described above.

Some notes: I LOVE the fact that Luke decided to ‘change’ the format by making sure that the language was not ‘watered down’ and was ‘his own voice’ so to speak. I LOVE that fact that HE reads to us. I LOVE the fact that there are contributions from Luke’s friends and family (although, read by voice actors - except perhaps his sister, but I don’t know). Lastly, I love that fact that Luke wears his heart on his sleeve.

I bought the hardcover book itself, lucky enough to have a signed copy even, perhaps getting a little closer to the man himsef. but actually listening to this audio made me feel like I was hanging out with Luke every time I popped back into the app to catch up.
This is read with complete lucidity and, it sounds in many parts like it was the first or second take on each session (just like recording your solos, eh Luke?) Also, the timeline is deftly handled, and for me there are no places that drag or dwell too much.
Furthermore, there are a couple of places where there are extra mini anecdotes that are not in the hardcopy book, giving this audiobook a bit more of a special status.
However, I have one small observation: Luke is a fabulous player, a singular talent and a distinctive and enlightening musician, but he is very self deprecating at points, which frustrated me a little. Message to Steve Lukather: you are, as you even say in the book, your own man, you ‘do your thing’, which many thousands of people love way beyond many of the players you mention, so please remember that you are, in the echelons of rock guitar one of the greatest ever. Simple.
Luke has since I first heard him in Toto in 1982 influenced and inspired my playing and song writing, now I am further influenced by his writing his memoir.
I will listen again from tomorrow. Cheers, see you in Chelsea.

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  • Leah
  • 02-14-19

Absolutely Brilliant

This is was the most interesting and funny book I've ever listened to. Even better it was narrated by the man himself! This book gives such a massive appreciation for Steve, it makes you really understand what he has been through and the kind of guy he is. It's such an up and down story and it's full of laughs, and genuine, strong feelings. I've never really took so much from a book before in the way I was 100% interested the whole way through, and I just wanted to know more and more. After reading this, you'll realise what kinda guy Steve is and you'll know he's really someone quite amazing. Can't recommend it more, it's just that good. Thanks for the great book, Steve.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-05-20

Fantastic Read!

True to the heart account of a fabulous human being that reached the top of his game.
I have the print version but the audible is a must listening as Steve narrates his amazing life.
Look forward to Steve's next addition!

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  • Lindsay Buttery
  • 03-30-20

Great Read, thoroughly enjoyed this.

I very much enjoy Luke as the awesome guitarist he is and Toto as the incredible band they were, as an average fan largely. This was a great bio and as such, one I recommend highly for even the slightest of fans/followers. Amazing!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-29-19

A must listen.

What an amazing and surreal life Luke has lead. From the highest of highs, to the lowest of lows. I really enjoyed listening yo this!!

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  • Glen haug
  • 10-14-19

An amazing listen!

I have read many music autobiography’s, and this is one of the best. Luke has always been one of my heroes ever since I listened to Toto IV for the first time at age 13.
It is an extremely warts and all account of the highs and lows of being a sought after session and live musician during the heyday of the LA music scene. Luke focuses on both the highs and lows of his incredible life and his many stories are both heart rendering and hilarious.
Luke’s story goes far beyond Toto and I highly recommend this audio book to any music lover, regardless of whether you are a working musician like myself or an audiophile. An amazing listen. I can’t wait for the next instalment!

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  • John Cougar
  • 05-18-19

A Story Best Heard from the Horse's Mouth

Luke's dulcet tones are bittersweet, noone can tell this story better than this guy. He mentions perhaps writing more ... I can't wait!

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  • Rodney Hrvatin
  • 02-25-19

One of the very best music biographies out there!

If you are a fan of classic rock and want a glimpse at the many complex interactions and personalities that helped create that soundtrack from the mid-70's to the mid-90's (and beyond) then Steve is your guide.
He tells many excellent tales of his time as a session musician as well as the driving force behind Toto. He narrates the book with charm and honesty and it never feels like he is reading from the page- rather it's like a chat with old friends.
There are cameos from colleagues, siblings and children throughout that keep the narration flowing and interesting.
Put it on and you will not regret the decision.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-09-19

Great story

Anybody who loves music and in particular the 80’s LA music scene will love this. I wished it had been 100 hrs long.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-02-19

Amazing journey of sacrifice.

A great journey of how I would have loved to live my life as a musician (a truly great one). Rock on Steve Lukather and thank you for giving us great music and showmanship.