Vegas “residents” Carlos Santana and Paul Stanley both have 2014 biographies on the shelves. Can you match the excerpt to the author?
1. “In the middle of the 1970s it felt great to be young and leading one of the most important rock bands in the world.”
2. “At lunchtime, sandwiches magically appeared. It was incredible. All this and free food, too?”
3. “My dad told me that my success was more luck than anything. In my experience, people who dismissed the success of others as luck were people who had failed. ... I saw this pattern in my family.”
4. “We ran into that holy man again walking near our hotel in Ghana, and a chicken crossed his path. He stopped and looked at it in a weird way, and pow! The chicken suddenly fell over dead.”
5. “I decided not to be a wuss and went along. Sailing a boat is something better done with people who know what they’re doing.”
6. “And then a bottle came sailing out of the darkness and hit me in the head. … The glass cut me. I bled for the rest of the show. In some ways it was cool, but I also felt hurt—not physically, but hurt that somebody would do that.”
7. “I was seeing quite a few women at the same time, and went through a period of sending women flowers when I was screwing someone else. If I spent the night with one woman, I’d send flowers to another. It wasn’t insincere exactly, because I wasn’t making any pretense of being exclusive with any of them, but I wanted them all.”
8. “It’s easy to do nothing, but it is very, very difficult to think nothing.”
9. “I’ll never forget the first strip club I went into. I was just 14 … While my eyes slowly adjusted, I heard the drums going bah-ba-bah, bah-ba-bah and the saxophone doing that snake-dance thing. I’m telling you, to this day, when I hear Thelonious Monk or anyone doing “Bye-A” I think about the music they played in those strip clubs in Tijuana.”
10. “We passed Graceland at some point along the road, and I was very disappointed. It just looked like an anonymous doctor’s house in the suburbs.”
The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story to Light By Carlos Santana, $30.
Face the Music: A Life Exposed By Paul Stanley, $29.
ANSWERS Carlos Santana: 1, 3, 4, 8, 9; Paul Stanley: 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 10.