After almost four decades in the music business, David Foster - producer, arranger, songwriter, performer - is ready to speak.In his compelling and outspoken memoir, Foster shares incredible stories from his years of working with music superstars, including Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Natalie Cole, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Josh Groban, Michael Buble, and many others. Foster offers rare glimpses of the musical icons at work and shares his secrets for success in the fickle music industry. At its heart, though, Hitman is the story of a boy with perfect pitch who grew up to become one of the most influential music forces of our time.More
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This is how an autobiography is done!
I have read over 100 biographies and autobiographies in the last couple years and "Hitman" should be used as a template for how memoirs are written.
1. Do not write the book chronologically, starting as a child or even starting with previous generations. Start the book where we know you from, and then refer to childhood, earlier generations, etc as they apply to interesting stories in the evolution of why you are famous and why we are reading about you.
Examples of bad biographies include a biography of Steven Spielberg that spent almost 3 hours on his grandparents and parents. I don't care about the ingredients and aromas of your mother's Spanish rice if I have to spend hours just to reach your adolescent years and still not be to anything pertinent to what I know you for.
2. Feel free to jump around as the stories suit you. When you are writing a song that touches on something from your youth, that is the time to tell me about it. That way I am enjoying what I know you for, and getting the backstory, instead of wading hours through backstory without knowing why.
Hitman gets it right. I am running out of memoirs to read and I am getting desperate, reading books I would not have chosen had I not already read almost all of the celebrity memoirs Audible has. I went ahead and chose to listen to David Foster's book because I like his music and needed a book. What I got was the definition of how to write a memoir. Kudos to David Foster!!!
David Foster. As noted above, he did a fantastic job of telling his life story while staying relevant to how you know him and why you bought his book.
I always like when an author reads their own book, and David Foster did a great job of capturing the essence and emotions of his life story.
YES, which is rare! The book was so well done that it was hard to turn off.
I can't stress enough to those considering writing biographies or autobiographies that this book is a template for how to stay in the present while presenting a past that covers 50 years. A great performance of a great book!!
- James M. Patton