The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story to Light

The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story to Light

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Overview

The intimate and long-awaited autobiography of a legend

In 1967 in San Francisco, just a few weeks after the Summer of Love, a young Mexican guitarist took the stage at the Fillmore Auditorium and played a blistering solo that announced the arrival of a prodigious musical talent. Two years later — after he played a historic set at Woodstock — the world came to know the name Carlos Santana, his sensual and instantly recognizable guitar sound, and the legendary band that blended electric blues, psychedelic rock, Latin rhythms, and modern jazz, and that still bears his name.

Carlos Santana's unforgettable memoir offers a page-turning tale of musical self-determination and inner self-discovery, with personal stories filled with colorful detail and life-affirming lessons. The Universal Tone traces his journey from his earliest days playing the strip bars in Tijuana while barely in his teens and brings to light the establishment of his signature guitar sound; his roles as husband, father, recording legend, and rock guitar star; his indebtedness to musical and spiritual influences — from John Coltrane and John Lee Hooker to Miles Davis and Harry Belafonte; and his deep, lifelong dedication to a spiritual path that he developed from his Catholic upbringing, Eastern philosophies, and other mystical sources. It includes his recording some of the most popular and influential rock albums of all time, up to and beyond the 1999 sensation Supernatural, which garnered nine Grammy Awards and stands as arguably the most amazing career comeback in popular music history.

It's a profoundly inspiring tale of divine inspiration and musical fearlessness that does not balk at finding the humor in the world of high-flying fame, or at speaking plainly of Santana's personal revelations and the infinite possibility he sees in each person he meets. "Love is the light that is inside of all of us, everyone," he writes. "I salute the light that you are and that is inside your heart."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780594658726
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 11/04/2014
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 126,621
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 2.00(d)

About the Author

Carlos Santana was born in Mexico and is one of the most important rock musicians of our time. He lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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DinoDP More than 1 year ago
There are 3 key take-aways from this book from my perspective: 1) 'The Story': Carlos tells the story of his life in a way that brings all readers to a common understanding of how his career developed. I found the timelines and anecdotes highly illustrative and 'visual.' As a fan of 43 years I am no longer missing pieces of the story. Some gaps were filled in nicely for me; 2) 'The Influences': Carlos dedicates a large portion of his autobiography to his influences - be they musical (Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Bob Marley, Gabor Szabo, etc.), professional (Bill Graham, Clive Davis, etc.), or personal (friends, family). There is a level of selflessness in this as many rock stars would shine the light solely on themselves. Carlos acknowledges that who he is today was largely influenced by others; 3) 'His spirituality': This is the differentiator. One can see the connection between the music and his divinity. There's a bigger purpose to what he does on stage and that story needed to be told. To know his music brings joy; to understand his spirituality brings enlightenment. I've seen Carlos 40 times in concert and am ready for #41 to be something special now that I've read The Universal Tone. And Carlos, there are congas in heaven.......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The overview is right on. You can hear Carlos Santana's voice come through in every page you turn. The book is fantastic!
BretM1958 More than 1 year ago
Fantastic read!!! As a long time fan of Carlos since Abraxas & follower of his musical & spiritual path I recommend this to anyone who loves Carlos solo or with every band he's had to date!! I felt as if I was on this journey with him. He's a national (Mexican-USA) treasure who became a global sensation with good reason. He has integrity & leaves no stone unturned in sharing his personal & musical life!! VIVA SANTANA!!! May he give us pleasure for years to come!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Santana takes the reader along on personal and public muical journey.
Onemoreday More than 1 year ago
This book that Carlos has written speaks volumes to many of us who want to see the BEST of THE HUMAN RACE come forth and show it self. Great Book on your life. The conversation with Harry, on WORLD WSRE was a moment I heard thoughts echoed out loud to a point where we do need to pull Humans up right.
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