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Andrea Bocelli: The Music of Silence [Paperback]

Andrea Bocelli
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6 Sep 2001

Andrea Bocelli is currently the world's most successful male singer. He has sold an astonishing 60 million albums worldwide and has sung for the Pope and Bill Clinton. His concerts sell out in every continent, and his album Sacred Arias has become the biggest-selling album of all time by a classical vocalist. His single 'Canto Della Terra', was the BBC's official song of Euro 2000.

Yet behind this man's extraordinary success lies a story of personal triumph more dramatic than any opera. Andrea Bocelli was blinded at the age of twelve, whilst playing football. Not only did he overcome his sight loss to qualify as a lawyer, but continued to pursue his childhood dream to sing, using braille musical scores and lyric sheets. He was discovered singing in piano bars by the Italian star Zucchero, before Pavarotti took him under his wing. Bocelli's first CD, Romanza, became the third biggest global hit in 1998, rocketing him to international stardom.

Everything he has released since then has either gone Gold or Platinum. His recordings now outsell all of the 'Three Tenors' Anrea Bocelli: The Music of Silence is Bocelli's true story, told in his own words for the first time. In this frank and charming memoir, Bocelli talks as never before about his blindness(something he has long refuse to talk about with the press) the importance of family, and stage fright.


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books; New edition edition (6 Sep 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753506408
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753506400
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 412,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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from : stuart slater, commissioning music editor, virgin publishing.

When I was offered the chance to publish the memoirs of Andrea Bocelli I could not have been more excited. Many were the hours that I have spent listening to "Sogno" and other Bocelli records. I love those sweeping Italian melodies and the particularly moving timbre of the magnificent Bocelli voice which makes the songs live and breathe.

It might be 'crossover' and a little infra dig for true opera buffs but it will do do me.

And apparently for millions of other Bocelli fans worldwide. I noted recently that one of his albums has been No1 in Billboard magazine's Top Classical Albums of the USA chart for an incredible 54 weeks and is still at the top.

Here in the UK too, he is big and growing bigger all the time. This Autumn ( 2001) sees the release of a new 'pop' album from Andrea, which comes hot on the heels of his hugely successful gig recently in Hyde Park, London.

This is the one his record company have been waiting for: you can take it as guaranteed that the promotion will be immense and the chart position very high. One of the biggest selling albums for this Christmas season, no doubt at all. " The Music Of Silence" ( which featured in the Guardian newspaper's top ten classical music books when in hardback) was totally written in its entirety, every single word, by Bocelli himself on a Braille computer and shows what an interesting character he is as well as what it is like to receive the acclaim of the multitudes in places like Madison Square Gardens.It is a very different book to the usual pop star autobiography, which maybe is a result of his having a long struggle to become famous. He was actually 34 years of age when he made his breakthrough. Before that he trained as a lawyer and the book certainly has a reflective and tranquil quality about it, as well as showing that he possesses that most valuable of all qualities, modesty. Here is a man who truly respects, and is thankful for, his God given talents.

This book is surely a must have for every fan of his beautiful music.

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Andrea Bocelli is the world's most successful male solo recording artist. He has sold an astonishing twenty million recordings worldwide, and he has sung for the Pope and for Bill Clinton. He has become the popular face of classical music, best known for his recent 'pop' album Sogno, which topped the Billboard Album Chart, and the classical Sacred Arias, which became the biggest-selling album of all time by a classical vocalist. Every album he released has either gone gold or platinum.

Yet behind this man's extraordinary success lies a story of personal triumph more dramatic than any opera. Andrea Bocelli lost his sight at the age of twelve. Undeterred, he continued to pursue his childhood dream of becoming a famous tenor, using Braille musical scores and lyric sheets.

No fan of classical music can afford to be without the charming momoirs of this fascinating star.


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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
(This review is based on the hardcover edition)This book will not teach you anything about opera or even music for that matter. We get something much better; a frank and introspective story of a life (so far), one full of all those things which make each one of us ordinary and extraordinary at the same time. The story of a man who never let go of his dreams, even when time and many other obstacles lay in his path. It shows how important a wise and loving family and caring friends can be in the big scheme of things. In this case, the life of a man whose voice has captivated millions of fans, myself included.
It is a rare glimpse into a man's conscience, not just in it's bright and shiny refined state of maturity, but in the beginnings when we all strive to determine who we are and make our own way.
Andrea shares openly incidents in his life where retrospect reveals mistakes and misguided notions. He comes out the other end of self-discovery with a philosophy and attitude towards life to be admired.
He shows that one cannot merely "wish" for something to be so. Effort and action need to accompany any goals in life, and is courageous in his quest. The seed of an idea to become a singer grew through the years, instead of fading. It is a book of hope, which should inspire even the most jaded of souls, who have given up their dreams merely because the passage of time has dimmed their flame.
On page 115, he writes: "every man distinguishes himself by his unique qualities, but all men resemble each other in their defects, which are universal." Reading this book, you will come to know the boy and the man from Tuscany whose life is infinitely unique, just as we all are. Just as we all resemble each other.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Gladsome, Modest Memoir! 20 Dec 2001
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Format:Hardcover
This is the memoir music-lovers have waited for. This liquid golden-voiced Italian tenor from Tuscany, tells of his blindness & how music soothed him; of his struggles as a boy to live a normal life; his studies to become a lawyer & how he found his world-class voice.
Andrea Bocelli is a refreshingly simple, humble fellow imbued with love, humor & a sense of the Grand Adventure. He wrote this memoir himself on a special Braille computer as if telling his story through another boy's eyes, which is only occasionally a distraction. Stanislav Pugliese translated it into pretty good English.
This is the angel who sang for Mayor Juiliani during a Memorial for those who perished in the September 11 attacks & I only wish there had been a CD of his favorite songs attached to this memoir.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music of silence 8 Jun 2005
Format:Paperback
I am lost for words! An insiperation it must be to so many people. If you listen to Andrea sing and watch him on DVD you will understand.
I had a good cry. There by the grace of God etc. but we have had our moments. Grandson at twelve with a brain tumour.
A book I will not part with or lend out. It is so uplifting! like his voice.
Feeling down! buy and read it, it will help I promise.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
This book will not teach you anything about opera or even music for that matter. We get something much better; a frank and introspective story of a life (so far), one full of all those things which make each one of us ordinary and extraordinary at the same time. The story of a man who never let go of his dreams, even when time and many other obstacles lay in his path. It shows how important a wise and loving family and caring friends can be in the big scheme of things. In this case, the life of a man whose voice has captivated millions of fans, myself included.
It is a rare glimpse into a man's conscience, not just in it's bright and shiny refined state of maturity, but in the beginnings when we all strive to determine who we are and make our own way.
Andrea shares openly incidents in his life where retrospect reveals mistakes and misguided notions. He comes out the other end of self-discovery with a philosophy and attitude towards life to be admired.
He shows that one cannot merely "wish" for something to be so. Effort and action need to accompany any goals in life, and is courageous in his quest. The seed of an idea to become a singer grew through the years, instead of fading. It is a book of hope, which should inspire even the most jaded of souls, who have given up their dreams merely because the passage of time has dimmed their flame.
On page 115, he writes: "every man distinguishes himself by his unique qualities, but all men resemble each other in their defects, which are universal." Reading this book, you will come to know the boy and the man from Tuscany whose life is infinitely unique, just as we all are. Just as we all resemble each other.
If you admire this man for his voice, or just want to read an amazing, inspiring story, written by a man not afraid to reveal his mistakes or insecurities, alongside his most proud moments, I recommend this book. Then you can go learn more about opera!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Insightful Book...and a pleasant read. 7 Oct 2000
Format:Hardcover
I am writing from the US...where this book is not yet available. I had translated the book just for myself, from Italian earlier this year and was happy to see that the english publication captures most of the flavor of the maestro's own words. While TV, CDs, interviews and print articles are wonderful for what they are....this really tells his story so well that you will find it gives you worlds of new insight on his life both past and present. I heartily recommend it. This is a creative man who has a talent for writing as well as singing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Andrea Bocelli Bio
He writes so beautifully that you would never know he is sightless. HIs descriptions of his surroundings, his feelings, and his love for music are wonderful.
Published 9 months ago by Susan F. Truitt
1.0 out of 5 stars don't buy from these sellers. goods faulty, second..
It took a very long time for goods to arrive. I had to contact the seller who told me it was coming from USA! I take it it had to walk very slowly! Read more
Published 10 months ago by soph
5.0 out of 5 stars Andrea is my favourite
I have several Cd's of Andrea Bocelli, and love his voice over all other tenors I have heard. It was so interesting to read of his youth and studies before he was discovered and... Read more
Published 11 months ago by sagada
5.0 out of 5 stars Super book
Absolutely delighted with the condition of the book when it arrived. It was sold as used but it certainly didn't look like it. It arrived quickly too. Very pleased with everything.
Published 12 months ago by Anne Coles
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Fantastic and a most interesting and wonderful readable book.Everyone who enjoys Andreas' music, this is a must read book. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mr. I. D. Clay
5.0 out of 5 stars Bocelli
Another of my favourite tenors. The book is very well written and so easy to read. An insight into a man who has had to face many problems in life but has come out on top.
Published 20 months ago by rande
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
The way this book is written is like a journey into Andrea's past. Makes you feel what he felt, and teach you a lesson in life. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Nabaz
5.0 out of 5 stars The music of silence
I bought this book as I am an admirer of Andrea's voice. It was far more than I expected!
It was a very personal and intimate account of Andrea's life & career thus far. Read more
Published on 18 April 2012 by Valerie
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written and moving in the original Italian
The five stars that I've given here are for Andrea Bocelli's La musica del silenzio, in the original Italian. Read more
Published on 8 Oct 2000 by Winifred
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