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Dion: The Wanderer Talks Truth: (Stories, Humor & Music)

Dion: The Wanderer Talks Truth: (Stories, Humor & Music) [Kindle Edition]

Mike Aquilina , Dion DiMucci
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Dion came up out of the Bronx in the 50s and tore through the music charts in a ferocious display of talent. He continued to make great music while slowly returning to his Catholic roots. His hard-won wisdom filters through his stories whether he's recalling how he went shopping with John Lennon and ended up on the cover of Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band or what it was like to travel in the Jim Crow South with Sam Cooke.

Praise for Dion...
"To this day nobody, nobody can rock like Dion."—Lou Reed

"He always had the name that said it all...Dion."—Bruce Springsteen

"If you want to hear a great singer, listen to Dion. His genius has never deserted him."—Bob Dylan

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 245 KB
  • Print Length: 163 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0867169990
  • Publisher: St. Anthony Messenger Press, Servant Books (13 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005CRDDV4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #427,097 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dion: The wanderer talks truth 1 April 2012
By Densil
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I regret to say that I was very disappointed with this book. I expected a biog of a rock legend, not a bible reference book. There is far too much emphasis on his religious beliefs / views in this. I should have taken notice of the 2 previous reviews!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT FOLLOWING TO THE WANDERER'S STORY 1 July 2011
Having read with enormous pleasure the first Dion autobiography, The wanderer's: Dion story, published back in '88, I was really interested in this second book. In fact, I was a little afraid it could have been too "religious", but instead I found a very well written and interesting biography, full of new facts and great anecdotes.
A very worthwile addiction to the bookshelf of Dion's and pop music fans.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long time coming. 20 Oct 2011
By mfi
Found this to be a very good read although would have liked more. Dions religous views blind him to what is just a great song in the case of John Lennon. Well worth the money all the same.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 5 Oct 2014
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One for the Rock'N'Roll bookshelf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A New Way of Being 19 May 2011
By Carol Blank - Published on
The turnaround in Dion DiMucci's life comes about halfway through Dion the Wanderer Talks the Truth. The opening chapters cover a little family history, his coming of age in the Bronx as a gang member, truant, and performer by age 15. In that period he also met Susan Butterfield, a constant in his life ever since (they married in 1963). By the age of 20 he had a series of top 40 hits and was, he writes, "a millionaire a couple times over." The story continues through the 1950s, the early days of rock and roll, which the author describes as a combination of country and blues. We read about Dick Clark's American Bandstand and the musicians featured there: Bobby Darin, Sam Cooke, Gene Vincent, and, of course Richie Valens, the Big Bopper, and Buddy Holly. Dion, as many know, was touring with Valens, Bopper, and Holly when they lost their lives in a plane crash. The plane had only three seats, so Dion offered to ride on the bus instead of fly.

Fast forward through much questioning, breaking up of Dion's group, the Belmonts, alcohol and heroin addictions, a period Dion describes as the bleakest, darkest in his life. "I had a soul sickness that was killing me slowly," he writes. In 1968 Susan became pregnant, and Dion knew he had to change. The couple left New York for Florida, where they stayed with Susan's parents for a time (though Dion never had financial problems since he had inherited his mother's frugality). Susan's father, Jack, was a mystery to Dion: an alcoholic with 15 years of sobriety, "strong, Jack the giant, who showed me how to be little and weak, God's child, just as he was," Dion writes.

The remaining chapters reveal the intertwining of Dion's progression as an artist with his conversion first to Christianity, then Catholicism. Though some might focus on the celebrities mentioned here, John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, Gina Lollobrigida, and Yogi Berra, to name a few, they are incidental in the story of Dion's new way of being.
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dion Sings Great - and Talks Truth! 28 April 2011
By Terry Fenwick - Published on
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Louise Pare, in Entertainment, made this comment on Dion Dimucci - The Wanderer - Talks Truth: "This new book is a fascinating look at the memories of this music legend on the early days of rock and roll--the music, the personalities, the high life and the pitfalls. Especially interesting to me was the story of the day the music died. Dion narrowly escaped being on that plane that crashed . . ."

I have heard the story Louise speaks of, and heard it often, even though I was not a follower of Dion or Buddy Holly. Our sons liked them and the story seemed to come up often. I guess that is one of the things people will always remember - the night Dion would have died, but gave up his seat on the small plane, agreeing to ride the bus, because one of the men in the band was ill. Dion agreed to ride on the long cold bus ride so the friend could fly, with Buddy Holly, and be in Fargo, North Dakota, sooner. Or so the story goes but Dion tells the whole story in his book.

Dion lived on to have a musical career winning awards for rock, blues and gospel music.

Although I missed Dion's music those early days, I did discover him in 2006 in a program on EWTN, the Catholic TV station. In that great interview with Dion, he did indeed speak Truth! My husband heard him speaking and came in to sit and listened. Dion spoke openly of his faith and his love for his wife. Dion is a great storyteller.

After the program, I went immediately to the computer, bought a hat like Dion's for my husband and a lot of Dion's recordings on iTunes! He is just great. Listening right now to Walkin' Blues!

I was so happy when I heard this year Dion was working on a book with Mike Aquilina, one of my favorite authors.

So far, I have purchased 5 of the books - 4 for our sons and one for me. My husband is no longer living but his Dion Dimucci hat is hanging in my office on my art easel!
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riding with the King of the New York Streets 22 April 2011
By Old Forgie - Published on
Rock stars have two career paths. 1) Burn out and, 2) fade away. Unless you're an Italian kid from the Bronx. Then, nobody tells you what to do. (You got a problem with that?) Rock star memoirs that trace the predictable rise, fall, and recovery in order to become a parody of your younger self are about as common as "Louie, Louie" covers. Even admitting that you believe in a higher power is O.K. as long as you are still against organized religion. Admitting that you dragged your band members out bed to practice and got accounting lessons from Bobby Darin takes nerve. Admitting that you think about deeper things such as "what is my purpose here on earth?" takes even more nerve. Admitting that you fully embrace Catholicism is total brass. If you think that captures the true rock and roll attitude, you'll love this book.

Fans of Mike Aquilina's other books, in particular Love in the Little Things, will consider this a must read also.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A rock star and conversion 13 July 2011
By Jeffrey Miller - Published on
Here is a book that is an interesting juxtaposition. A Rock Star who has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame writes a new biography. In it there are pictures of this star along with pictures of him with people such as Bruce Springsteen, Lou Reed, and Scott Hahn. Yes Scott Hahn. I figure this is the first Rock and Roll autobiography co-authored by a patristic scholar - that is Mike Aqulina.

Many though will have picked up by now that this is a new book by Dion DiMucci who is just most simply known as Dion. The book is "Dion: The Wanderer Talks Truth."

I was already aware that Dion was a revert as I had seen him on EWTN before and have heard parts of his conversion story on EWTN Radio. This book though much more in depth in regards to his life and his conversion to the Church.

His story begins with his life as a youth that besides performing music at a young age included being a gang member in the Bronx. There are some very interesting stories told here of this part of his life - especially his interactions with a Father Percione a man who was very much a shepherd of his parish. While Dion did not follow much of the advice of this priest, his talks with him on subjects such as virtue remained with him throughout his life and provided markers for him on his later path to conversion. I really enjoyed his descriptions of this priest and how active he was in his neighborhood.

He describes his entrance professionally into the music business and his meteoric rise where he soon became a teenage millionaire. His path parallels so many stories which include sudden fame and the path of increasing drug intake. We think of the Sixties as the start of the Drug, Sex, and Rock n' Roll era - but the Fifties has it's share of the same problems. In this book he does not dwell on those aspects of his life other than how they affected him on a personal level and especially his lack of a spiritual life. There are though plenty of stories about this time that he recounts especially the famous episode of the coin flip and the subsequent crash that killed Buddy Holly, The Ritchie Valens, and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson. He sets the record straight on some aspects of this story along with his disagreement concerning the famous line America Pie about the day the music died.

This biography is interesting on several levels. First you have a good story about a musical career and the musical changes he has gone through in that career. Most importantly you have a spiritual biography that takes you from the days of a non-religious family and his later movement towards faith and the spiritual landmarks along the way. The acts of grace that allowed him to leave behind drugs and alcohol and to move first to Protestantism and then later to the Catholic Church. I really enjoyed the style of the book in that it was often quite humorous and his being able to laugh at himself contributed to that. The book is not pretentious in any way. Another important thread in the book is first his pursuit of a girl in the Bronx who later became his wife and has stayed his wife.

I found it to be quite a good read.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good, but too short 27 Dec 2011
By Ben Fischer - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I got the Kindle book after seeing Raymond Arroyo's intervuew with Dion. It is good, but more like a magazine article than a book. Dion has dramatic experiences like seeing the devil and hearing Jesus speak to him but spends no more than a sentence or two to each.

The Kindle version also has numerous typos, mainly dropping the first few letters off of a sentance.o the text reads like this.
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