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No one explodes one of the longest-held misconceptions of music history better than Steve Lukather and his band Toto. The dominant pop-culture sound of the late 1970s and '80s was not in fact the smash and sneer of punk but a slick, polished amalgam of rock and R&B that was first staked out on Boz Scaggs' Silk Degrees. That album was shaped in large part by the founding members of Toto, who were emerging as the most in-demand elite session muso-crew in LA, and further developed on the band's self-titled three-million-selling debut smash of 1978. A string of hits followed for the band going into the '80s and beyond. Running parallel to this, as stellar session players, Lukather and bandmates David Paich, Jeff Porcaro and Steve Porcaro were also the creative linchpins on some of the most successful, influential and enduring records of the era.   

In The Gospel According to Luke, Lukather tells the Toto story: how a group of high school friends formed the band in 1977 and went on to sell more than 40 million records worldwide. He also lifts the lid on what really went on behind the closed studio doors and shows the unique creative processes of some of the most legendary names in music: from Quincy Jones, Paul McCartney, Stevie Nicks and Elton John to Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, Don Henley, Roger Waters and Aretha Franklin. And yet, Lukather's extraordinary tale encompasses the dark side of the American dream. 

Engaging, incisive and often hilarious, The Gospel According to Luke is no ordinary rock memoir. It is the real thing....

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©2018 Steve Lukather and Paul Rees (P)2018 Hachette Audio UK

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Steve Lukather - Another Hit!

As a kid in the 70s and 80s I used music as an escape vehicle from a troubled childhood. I spent hours reading L.P. liner notes to learn who played what, where it was recorded, who mixed it etc. Eventually 83 comes round and Rosanna took over the UK airwaves. Suddenly it all came together and that massive interconnected map of music had a hub: Toto. And right in the eye of the storm was Luke. To hear Luke tell you the real facts behind that far reaching map of musical talents that were, to me, mythical beings from another world, was utterly fascinating and life afirming. Any one looking for a kiss and tell debauched swagger through L.A.session history will be disappointed. Any one looking to hear a brilliant, sarcastic, poignant, ironic, coincident, honest and humbling story of a gifted yet self deprecating man walk you through both staggeringly famous session stories as well as staggeringly painful tales of love and loss , combined with effortless wit, effortless cursing and moments of laugh out loud humour is in good company. They say to know Steve Lukather is to love him. Amen to that. His narration is pitch perfect, his tone is spot on, his timing is hilariously on point. His is a tale worth telling and a tale only he can tell. Ultimately it's a tale of love, of family, friends and of course, music.

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Enthralled from start to finish

A must listen for any Steve Lukather/Toto fan! loved every moment of it, and would highly recommend to any music fan!

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Amazing!

I loved it! A must read for any Lukather fan. Everyone should buy this so Steve will write another!

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Great stories

Hearing Luke tell the many tales and listing just some of the work he has done was an amazing listen, although sometimes the words sounded a bit mumbled.

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Great content

Outstanding! Any music fan will admire his humble rise to greatness. Truly a class act.

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Simply brilliant!

I’d never even heard of Steve Lukather but I’d read some reviews on his book and it sounded good so I gave it a try and boy am I glad I did. I could listen to him talk all day. Such fantastic story’s and I love the detail in which he breaks down the musical stuff. His delivery is awesome and true and I pray he does another book. A must for any music fans. It gives you an inside look at what really makes the music business work with many artists not given the recognition they deserve when it’s those artist/session musicians that are the beating heart of some of our favourite music past and present.
Simply a sensational listen.

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brilliant

some great & inside stories.
some good,some sad,& some amazing.
honest & forthcoming a man is luke.

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Fantastic loved it

I totally enjoyed this book from the offset. Interesting, amusing and gripping. Have a listen to this you won’t be disappointed.

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Funny and moving autobiography

This is one of the best rock biographies I have listened to. You don't have to be a Toto fan (but it helps) since his insights into the late 70s and early 80s scene as a session musician are also of great interest. He's also suffered - with more personal heartbreak and tragedy than most people deserve in one lifetime - some of it of his own making, as he admits.

The best thing about this version, though, is that he reads it himself. This is simply terrific. Luke is no actor, so he reads in a throaty (and occasionally slurry) Californian drawl. However,once you get used to his style, it's all the better for it. He's delightfully sweary, and even better, his reading is superbly spontaneous. He laughs at bits of the story and also embellishes with additional anecdotes and comments from time to time, as they occur to him. This sort of approach can be irritating (as with the Eddie Izzard autobiography) but here it's magnificent and really makes the listener feel he's taking just to them.

Superb. Laugh out loud funny and heartbreaking in equal measure.

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FANTASTIC!

Thia is everything you can eat and more (as far as genius rock stars go). Steve Lukather 's sardonic and self-deprecating approach to just about everything is hilarious and thoroughly moving. He's played for just about anyone you can think Of! highly recommended.

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  • Alberto
  • 15-07-19

Embracing the Gospel as an Atheist

True, I am an all time absolute Toto fan. But I always kept a distance in fear of reality belittling my idols.
I bought the book out of curiosity and left if there for some time, finishing up other stuff. After my latest Toto VIP experience in Lucca I decided it was about time I started the book. Started? I devoured it. Couldn’t just stop listening to it. It is fresh, direct, totally honest and frank, touching, full of love and all other primary emotions; and at the same time it is incredibly informative about not only Tito but the LA and world music scene in general as it evolved over the decades. And it includes the unveiling of sacred secrets (like tuning the guitar to the Stones’ setting). I really hope Luke will write another one. One warning: if you, like me, are (i) Italian and (ii) a lawyer, be prepared to take some ++++.

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  • Peter W.S.
  • 31-03-22

My Hero

I had just taken a more serious role as lead guitarist in a local band. I looked towards Luke for my direction. Thanks so much for letting us in🙏🙏🙏❤️ Absolutely love your book🙏❤️

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 12-04-19

I loved this book!!

If you love Steve Lukather and Toto this book IS the book for you. I loved it from the beginning till the very end!!

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  • Jimmy Löfström
  • 17-02-19

awesome!

Luke is a great story-teller and gosh do he have storys.
if you are a musician there is nothing to think over, BUY.
If you are not, still do because it's great!

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  • Carsten
  • 13-02-19

Thanks Luke....love and light to you...

FANTASTIC...!!!
All was eating in one day. Thanks Luke forcsharing. Thank you for your f... Honesty


FANTASTIC...!!! That's all I can say


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  • 17-12-18

Great

Great book,interesting stores about a great musician. A book I would recommend for music lovers

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  • 10-12-18

Studio Great’s Story

Steve Lukather writes an honest and straightforward book of his life in the L.A. studio musician scene if the late 70’s and 1980’s - the last of an era still surviving in today’s computerised music scene. Musicianship has been put on the back burner and is totally under appreciated these days but Luke’s story is nevertheless captivating and riveting! The language is rusty but that is refreshing in today’s PC environment. It can also be touching; reminiscing over friends and family lost over the years especially the Porcaro Brothers, Jeff and Mike! The music from this era is varied and eclectic but Luke’s involvement with several Monster hits from the time is very interesting reading/listening! Highly recommended for any musician or budding musician and for lovers if the thousands of recordings, literally, that Luke has played on - go look up his discography - so enjoy his very entertaining and very funny book and Audible!!!!