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The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story to Light

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Jonathan Davis

19 Hours 30 Minutes

Hachette Book Group USA

November 2014

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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.'

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  • Denis K.

    An excellent book written by an inspiring musical artist. When Carlos narrated the introduction himself in this audio book, it is a special treat and adds an intimate and personal touch to the book. His writing is heart-felt and honest. Jonathan Davis does a great job narrating the book. He has a special ability to speak in dialects, whether he is quoting Carlos' family and friends from Mexico, or street smart jazz musicians like Miles Davis with his distinctive raspy voice. In this book, Carlos traces his life's journey from the poor beginnings in rural Mexico, to learning his guitar chops in the rough strip clubs in Tijuana, and launching his fame in the hippy days of San Francisco. He speaks of the importance of relationships, and those "angels" who helped him along the way. Throughout the book, Carlos speaks of his spiritual growth. This is a very long audio book, but it never is boring. If your are a musician, or just a music lover, this is an essential book.

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  • David Leikam

    A top-notch book and thank you Carlos for composing it. Excellent narration and audio quality. Get enlightened to Santana and life, here and now.

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  • Rhonda Robertson

    This book was an awesome peek into history. The narrators voice was totally invested into the emotions that Santana was describing. I was happy to hear names that my father mentioned during his military time in San Francisco. It was beautiful and full of life and redemption. This story had to be told!!! Thanks Carlos Santana! I felt like I was there and frequently stopped to listen to the music you described so that I could feel what you felt the first time you heard those awesome musicians.

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