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Anyone Who Had a Heart: My Life and Music by [Bacharach, Burt]
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Burt Bacharach made his fortune writing the biggest songs ever... Now, at long last, he has written this sensational autobiography. --Mail on Sunday

Hugely entertaining... [Burt Bacharach is] illuminating on the craft of the songwriter; surprisingly candid on his often rackety personal life. --Daily Telegraph

Burt's romantic escapades were never-ending, as well as highly entertaining... an unusually revealing and even-handed portrait of a talent in a million. --Daily Mail

Hugely entertaining... [Burt Bacharach is] illuminating on the craft of the songwriter; surprisingly candid on his often rackety personal life. --Daily Telegraph

Burt's romantic escapades were never-ending, as well as highly entertaining... an unusually revealing and even-handed portrait of a talent in a million. --Daily Mail

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This memoir by one of the greatest singer-songwriters of all time offers a frank and riveting account of his unparalleled life, from his tumultuous marriages and the tragic suicide of his daughter to the stories behind his many hits.

Over the past six decades, Burt Bacharach's legendary songwriting has touched millions of devoted listeners all over the world. In Anyone Who Had a Heart, Bacharach steps out from behind the music to give an honest, engaging look at his life from his childhood in Forest Hills, New York, during the 1930s and 1940s to his rise as one of the most accomplished composers in modern popular music, working with Hal David, Dionne Warwick, Elvis Costello, and many others.

While he soared professionally, Bacharach's private life was dominated by the never-ending search for love and the heartbreak that comes when it is lost. His first three marriages ended in divorce. His long-running partnership with the late Hal David suffered a bitter split that lasted seventeen years. Throughout the highs and lows, Bacharach pursued his muse. Powerful and honest, Anyone Who Had a Heart illuminates the sensitivity and intelligence of a musical legend and offers a unique backstage look at the world of show business."


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4515 KB
  • Print Length: 435 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books (6 Jun. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AD5GBGY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
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By ACB(swansea) TOP 100 REVIEWER on 17 Jun. 2013
Format: Hardcover
Bacharach and lyricist Hal David were part of my youth and beyond. They were both winners, Bacharach receiving most of the the plaudits. The best-penned songs were sought after by the premier singers; hit after hit (product description provides an example of his repertoire). This autobiography has certainly been revealing. 85 years old and still spinning yarns and lines. I wonder how much his input into this book has been with a skilled ghost-writer, Robert Greenfield. The basics are here. Interviews, colleagues, ex-wives and girlfriends.

The brilliance of his musical achievements allied to his charisma has never been in doubt. What comes across is a purposeful and calculated man who treated life and his women as something non-negotiable. Self-centred, egocentric, but with immense talent. The descriptions of women in his life are plain chauvinistic. 'Great legs, great t**s'. He changed wives as cars, possessions rather than partners. Angela Dickenson, his second wife is scathing (read her own story).

His daughter, 'Nikki', reveals the emotional side to this man, with her autism and tragic outcome. I was left feeling how much input this reflection on his life and reality has been. He presumably needed to tell his story. For anyone who has belonged to this era or admires his artistic ability, this may be for you, as it was me. A talent revealed, if not tarnished, but this is a fascinating insight into the portrait of a man of success and ability. There is a sadness and desperation in his attempts to rekindle the inspiration behind his previous writing. Teaming up with third wife Carole Bayer Sager was an efficient song-writing partnership but nothing compared to the glory years. An engaging account of a great talent. The songs of his life will undoubtably last longer than his memoire. Interesting and intriguing.
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I read biographies occasionally, and have found some to be quite tedious. But not this one!! I started reading fully expecting that I would be quite bored after one or two chapters. To my amazement I found myself totally engrossed in Burt's most interesting life story. i couldn't put the book down,and read it as tho' it was a thriller.I found it searingly honest .He opened himself for all to see the good ,the bad and the ugly!!.I have always loved the music of Burt Bacharach, now the man has become very real for me, I feel I know him as a person now.What made his memories unique were the comments by wives and friends,which added veracity to his statements. .It is a must read both for his fans and those who would like to gain insight to this man of music. I commend his openness, his language may be a surprise to readers,but it shows that he is only a normal human being. I for one appreciate this. It's why earns my rating of 5 stars,and is my most enjoyable read of 2013. Bravo Burt !!!
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It probably goes without saying that an interesting life should make for an interesting (auto)biography.

Burt Bacharach certainly seems to have led an interesting life and this book manages to reflect that; it benefits from the input of other major players in his life and is all the better for his self-awareness and willingness to admit his (human) weakness and failings.

There is genuine feeling in his tribute to Hal David and the sections about his daughter Nikki sre moving in their sincerity.

Worth reading as a personal story and for what it says about the way the music business and the society in which it operates have changed.
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I bought this book together with the Album. It's just perfect. Burt bares his soul in a frank and vulnerable way. A must read for any fan! He's experienced pain and pleasure in his life. Difficult to believe he's 85! His music brought me through decades.
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Burt Bacharach & Hal David were as much a part of the 60's as anyone. Here a perfectly frank and detailed account of what transpired. A truly miraculous songwriter and song writing is, in my opinion, the greatest creative talent.
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An extremely readable and enjoyable book but for my liking it concentrates far too much on his personal life and not nearly enough on his career, although I suppose that's what the publishers wanted. Career related stories in the book that haven't already been in the public domain for years are fairly thin on the ground but those that were new to me all made for fascinating reading, especially those involving Leonard Bernstein, Frank Sinatra and Marlene Dietrich. It's also good that thanks to the book we now have a better idea of the division of labour involved in some of those pesky songs from the Carole Bayer-Sager years with three and four-way writing credits.

Considering what he's prepared to own up to re his numerous marital infidelities and also his shoddy treatment of both Hal David and Dionne Warwick during and after the 'Lost Horizon' fiasco it's perhaps a little strange that he appears to be in denial about scoring the movie `After the Fox'! This is one of many projects that don't even merit a mention in the book and some of the others include Bacharach and David's first attempt at a musical - the TV vehicle 'On the Flip-Side', the Stephanie Mills album he worked on with Hal in the mid-70s 'For the First Time', the film score 'Isn't She Great', and all his studio albums from 'Make it Easy Yourself' up to and including 'Futures'. Three of those albums not mentioned in the book feature songs written with Hal David after the 'Lost Horizon' split and is it any wonder some journalists have concluded that the pair never worked together again after 1972. Even when he refers to the eventual public reconciliation he had with Hal and Dionne in the early 90s he fails to mention the song and recording that came out of it, 'Sunny Weather Lover'.
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