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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Miramax Books; 1 edition (Feb. 12 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401351948
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401351946
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 721 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #356,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "montanagen" on March 29 2003
Format: Hardcover
I''ve been a big fan of Yanni's over the years, but not so much where I knew his life story. After seeing his most recent concert for his new CD Ethnicity, I was inspired to read his book. I was pleasantly surprised that the book kept me glued from page to page. There were things I learned about Yanni I never knew. It's easy to conjure up an image of a famous entertainer based on interviews, media coverage, etc. His "story" was actually very enlightening -- like, I always thought Yanni was a health nut. I find out he's a big smoker and coffee drinker. (I think he's since quit smoking.) I thought he had help along the way in building his amazing career. He did not. He had to do it all on his own. The book reveals the amazing battle he had convincing the music industry of the appeal of his music. Yanni had to make everything in his career happen himself - including gambling millions of his own money to make the Acroplis, Taj Mahal, and Forbidden City concerts happen. It paid off for him in spades.
I also got insight into his relationship with Linda Evans. Linda participated in this book.
In the end, I now look at Yanni a little differently. When I listen to his music, I "hear" more -- I know his story from whence these songs come.
Yanni fans will not be disappointed with this book. It's a very candid and honest account of Yanni's life.
I can't imagine anyone other than a Yanni fan or one who appreciates the kind of music and artistry he's created caring to read this book though.
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Format: Hardcover
YANNI IN WORDS, the awaited biography, of a great instrumental artist.
The book is magnificent, full of events, stories & lessons... Yanni is very open and honest, discussing most of his life details. The book is very surprising infact in several aspects.
It's inspiring, emotional, interesting, uplifting, optimistic & detailed.
I recommend this book to all, whether fans or non-Yanni fans, since the book mainly focuses on life aspects, and how Yanni dealt with such situations. It's like talking about his journey with life, rather than focusing on his music only & himself.
Personally, I learnt many things about the man, life, and success, which shall benefit anyone who reads it. Yanni talks about his experiences, music, creativity, childhood, relations, concerts, achievements, his parents, Greece, etc
I see YANNI IN WORDS as a book about Life, rather than just a simple biography of an artist. Simply, you live it... :)
Way to go Yanni, another great master piece of work! ;)
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By A Customer on Jan. 5 2004
Format: Hardcover
A thoroughly bland book, written in a matter-of-fact, flat narrative -- sorely lacking depth and dimension. There is no sign of introspection or personal reflection, only Yanni's inflated ego. The book is a simple-minded retelling of his life. Yanni's self importance and arrogance lurk throughout. While he purports to "tell it like it is," it is apparent he is most concerned with portraying himself in a certain light. Even when he talks about things like his rock 'n roll days, he makes sure he doesn't come off looking too bad, i.e. "every one was doing it then" and "I was always upfront with the girls before getting intimate with them." (Hmmmm). It seems his ego is such that he can't really reflect upon his own weaknesses and mistakes - he can only make excuses. His memory and accounts of some of the facts in the book are equally biased and inaccurate. One can only hope that he isn't as monochromatic and one-dimensional in his own mind as he comes off in this book.
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Format: Hardcover
I picked up the book because I love the man's music but my expectations were not high. But I was thrilled at yet another masterpiece (in words - this time) from the maestro.In this completely honest introspective autobiography you are informed,entertained, at times saddened but above all inspired. A look into what makes music,creativity and an inspiring life. In Yanni's words "Dive in, and let the magic begin."
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Format: Hardcover
This is a book that Yanni fans should enjoy, assuming they are capable of remembering that Yanni is a human being. (Which means that...pause for a shudder...he actually did some not nice things in younger times.) Sheesh, people, get real. Is it really a shock?
What are really amazing, though, are the stories of the travails that Yanni experienced while getting his music out to the many millions who now listen to it. It wasn't easy. The story behind the Acropolis concert, and then the tales from the Taj Mahal and Forbidden City concerts is worth the price of admission. Both the good and the bad!
But you also have the story of Yanni discovering true, deep, and sadly rare love, and losing it. You have the driven nature, the obsession with making the music perfect, and giving the gift of his wonderful music to the masses, and the ensuing breakdown. You easily understand and appreciate the ties that bind, the family love and support, and the friendships that Yanni has formed over the years.
This is an inspirational book. It does not come close to a masterpiece--you should listen to the music for masterpieces. But it is a good book for those fans that want to know more, or even those who don't much like the music but enjoy stories of hardship, perseverance and success.
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