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Publisher's Summary

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 pause-resisting 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".

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2014 Carlos Santana (P)2014 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"One of rock's true virtuosos and guiding lights." - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame" A thread runs through his multicultural, cross generational music: the unifying power of the human spirit." (John Roos, Los Angeles Times)
"Passion, soul, and that elusive thing called sabor come through the music of Carlos Santana. His is always a surprising sound, ahead of its time - true world music before the term was even invented, but uniquely American in its multicultural reach... Santana is an artist who transcends musical genres and touches the heart across all generations." (The Kennedy Center)

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Why did it end? I am still listening... Thank you for the light. <3 <3

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Family, life, love and music.

Loved it. I grew up listening to Santana and followed the group. Growing up in San Francisco the Santana family was known by many, in school and work. His memories of growing up in Mexico. then San Francisco and his journey to fame and his spiritual walk was so interesting. The narration was perfect. I really connected with the story.

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realistically narrated, I journeyed inside the feeling of many moments and was educated ...and enlightened

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Bought to listen to while driving with hubby

...and we both enjoyed this book. One word of warning, Carlos was hard for my husband to understand in the introduction, but do not stop! the reader Jonathan Davis is suburb, and has just enough 'Carlos-isms' to his read that you forget you aren't actually hearing Carlos...

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Carlos Santana

I loved this book. The narration was beautiful and clear. I would recommend this book to anyone who not only wants to find out about Carlos Santana, but also want to go on a sprutual journey. Excellent Reading.

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New insights to an old soul

I'm not a huge Santana fan but decided to checkout this audiobook after hearing an advert on the Howard Stern show.
I loved the message behind it and was not aware of this evolved soul walking amongst us.

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from the start, the story is captivating.

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I have never before recommended a book I have not finished, but this one is truly special. I am savoring every chapter in this remarkable bio. What an incredible story! The book traces in fascinating and revealing detail his odyssey. From his description of growing up n a rural Mexican village, to his journey through the Tijuana Bar scene as a teen, to his migration to San Francisco at EXACTLY the right time for his music to morph into the superb phenomenon of the music experience we know as Santana. this book enchants and enlightens. As I am now in 1968,I can't wait to read the rest of it.Get this bio now!

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The Universal Tone Flows

I have always resonated with Carlos Santana's music and spirituality. Ever since I listened to the first Santana album in 1969. It was so nice to hear his memoir.

The narrator, Jonothan Davis, did a first-class job with the narration. He did such a good job that it sounds just like Carlos is narrating. Plus he does the voices of the other characters very well. Especially his version of Miles Davis's voice.

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truly an amazing story

love it and I got to hear the life of a legend I admire. I love the detail stories.

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A beautiful being

An amazing journey from childhood through a passion deep within to find the sound that we all know as Santana. Once again a book about a long road traveled and then Santana‘s case the journey continues. Well written, A smooth story and I found myself looking up artists and listening to new music as he talked about the pieces of his puzzle.