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Brando: Songs My Mother Taught Me

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  950 ratings  ·  79 reviews
An honest, revealing self-portrait by the critically acclaimed, fiercely independent actor, discusses his early life, career, world travels, social activism, and profiles of friends, lovers, and professional colleagues.

Please note: this edition does not include photos.
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ebook, 480 pages
Published January 26th 2011 by Modern Library (first published 1994)
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Aly (Fantasy4eva)
Oh I am a big Marlon Brando fan but he's always been such a mystery to me. And for a long time knowing that there was a bio written by him was just enough. The thought of reading it one day was enough. But recently I decided that I had waited long enough. I needed to break the ice and really know this man.

Marlon Brando was something else. Close to fearless, conniving, even cruel but so complex. He had countless women fawning over him, but for some reason he never treated them all that well. Ther
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Kate
Marlon Brando created a pretty fantastic narrative of his life. I recognized a lot of the anecdotes of life in the country growing up with alcoholic parents and his love of animals and nature from Last Tango in Paris and I see a lot of compassion and humanity in his writing. He always aligned himself with causes and people he saw were disenfranchised, like his appreciation for everything he learned from working with the Black Panthers in Oakland and later, Native Americans in SOuth Dakota and Wa ...more
Masumeh

براندو را از کلاس های بازیگری می شناسم. از تحسین ها و ستایش های فراوان و از کنایه ها به پسر یاغی و بد هالیوود بودن. تنها ترین فیلمی که از براندو دیده ام پدر خوانده و آن دن کورلئونه معروف است اما در باره غالب فیلم هایش و حوادث زندگی اش اطلاعات کلی دارم.منتها براندوی این کتاب نه شباهتی به دانسته های من دارد و نه تشابهی با آن پسر بسیار خوش تیپ توی فیلم ها
براندوی کتاب بیشتر پسربچه ای است با هوش سرشار و روحی لطیف که تا آخرین دقایق عمر زخم طرد شدگی از سوی مادر را در دل دارد. گاهی به نظر می رسد که او ب
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Elham
این کتاب اتوبیوگرافی <مارلون براندو> اسطوره بزرگ هالیوود است، اسطوره ای که خود را حتی هنرمند هم نمی داند!
این کتاب بیشتر بیان عقاید شخصی است تا بیوگرافی؛ براندو در این کتاب دیدگاه های سیاسی، اجتماعی ، هنری و خاطرات خود را با شخصیت های مختلفی که با آنها برخورد داشته (الیا کازان، مرلین مونرو، رابرت کندی ، چارلی چاپلین و....) را بیان می کند.
من در این کتاب شخصیت مارلون براندو را به صورت فردی کنجکاو، باهوش، منسجم، حقیقت جو و عدالت خواه یافتم. براندو در طول زندگی خود در دفاع از حقیقت و عدالت برا
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Allen
Nov 25, 2009 Allen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Allen by: Found it in a used book store
This was a great read. From start to finish it was like sitting down with Brando, and having him talk about his life. He didn't discuss his kids, but he told all in every other way possible. You learn things about other actors, and he gives you info about the plight of the American Indians. But he isn't preaching and everything is written in a candid and interesting way. So many surprises in his book. A must read for people that like Hollywood back stories and anyone that likes a good autobiogra ...more
Abbe
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From Library Journal

The publisher reportedly paid $5 million for this book but expects to recoup its investment; after all, this will be the only Brando autobiography available. Lindsey, who authored the prize-winning The Falcon and the Snowman, also helped Ronald Reagan when he faced writer's block over his autobiography. A 500,000-copy first printing.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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When Marlon Brando, playing Terry Malloy in On the Waterfront, bemoaned the fact that he "

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Jessica
I am so glad I read this book. I was disenchanted with Brando after reading another biography- that author painted him out as crazy. And it wasn't really a biography, but more a set of interviews. This was an autobiography that revealed a lot about Brando. Unless he was lying the whole time. But it made me understand WHY he said the weird things he did in the other book. This one is highly recommended. Brando deserves a lot more credit than people give him as a human being. I'd hate being a cele ...more
Krystal
I read this quite some time ago, when I was heavy into my Marlon Brando phase and I remember liking it very much. It is interesting to read how a huge star got his start and what kind of life he led before he was famous.
Ahmad Sharabiani
زندگی مارلون براندو
انگار کردم بنشسته ام و ایشان(براندو) میگویند و میشنوم
Petter
Great book about the best actor ever!
Pierre Barroso
Brando takes you to his deepest corners!

The book is pleasant to read because it is simple in its nature. It does not try to fascinate you directly with exaggerated expressions. The first chapters could in fact be considered boring or very dramatic too. In the early pages Marlon describes his childhood. The troubles he had to cope with being a son of an alcoholic father. This part of the book seems rather sad and dramatic, but it is narrowed with great empathy and understanding.

The book gets mo
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Tom
I guess some people would Brando a "typical Hollywood liberal", but if he is that, he was so before it was fashionable to be one... and in fact was one at a time when it was dangerous to be labeled so (during the time of the McCarthy witch hunts).

A serious advocate for civil rights in the 1960s and Indian rights in the 70s; Brando was deeply involved with far left extremists in those decades... including the Black Panthers and the American Indian Movement. These involvements may have labeled him
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Steph


I've discovered that-through my admiration of certain musicians, actors, and fictional characters-I have a type. I like the proverbial "bad boy"s who are scarred and tortured beneath their tough facades. I'm fascinated by what makes them tick, by what motivates their actions, especially in regards to their relationships (or lack, thereof). So, naturally I was highly intrigued to read this book, which Brando penned(with some help) in the latter years of his life. I was interested to see what his
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Bart Cline
I don't know why I wanted to read a biography of Marlon Brando. And I really don't know why wanted to read an autobiography of Marlon Brando. This is the actor, mind you, who was legendary for wasting people's time on film sets, and demanding a huge salary for it. So the obvious expectation would be an overpriced and overlong book.

I got the book from the library, so at least it wasn't overpriced for me. And the page count wasn't too heavy. So when I started reading it I was hopeful that this boo
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Bart
This book contributes little to the world's large and unsatisfying trove of literature on motion picture's greatest actor, but at least it is good enough to give a reader hints of its inspired mediocrity throughout. It never pretends it is going to say very much new about its subject, and best of all, its subject announces in its opening pages that his memory is unreliable and much of what he believes happened probably didn't. It's a curious and altogether honest introduction to a book that repo ...more
Venessa
You always have to wonder if what you're reading in auto-biographies and biographies are true. Brando decided to write this to counteract all of the supposedly false biographies of him out there. He certainly doesn't paint himself as a saint in this book, but I still take it all with a grain of salt.

That said, it's a good read which focuses mainly on his movie career and his involvement with AIM and other activist groups. He certainly shows his ego in terms of his looks in this book, but he's a
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Justin
Being a man in the public eye is no small feat, and legendary Golden Age actor Marlon Brando makes this clear within the first few pages. He informs his reader that over the years he's been subjected to many tell-all books and biographies from various past acquaintances and authors, also adding different pieces to his life story as they seem fit. Then what Brando does is tell his story. His true story. And he does so in a brilliantly modest way, (very much down-playing his two Best Actor Oscars ...more
Julia
Anyone who likes Marlon Brando will enjoy this candid, but not overly explicit memoir. I think the parts I enjoyed the most were his talk about working on the set of Mutiny on the Bounty, and later buying the island of Tetiaroa in French Polynesia. Brando also talks about his home life as a boy, and probably the most touching story is how he just wanted his family to write him when he was sent to a military academy a teen. The part where he describes burying the class bell is quite hilarious as ...more
Ana Reza
If you are a Brando fan- buy this book. It's what he wanted YOU to know about him. It has fantastic photographs of his family friends and career. I will tell you this "auto biographical" is more like the G rated Disney version of who Brando wanted you to think who he was. And from what I remember when he was dictating it on the telephone he would edit what and how things were said. This book is a labor of love and necessity for Brando. Nonetheless, true or fiction or edited truth it's still Bran ...more
Zaki
If you ever notice Marlon Brando speaking in films he mumbles and mutters and slurs his words rather than in the style of an elocution school. People speak like that in ordinary life.

In ordinary life people rarely know exactly what they're going to say when they open their mouths and start to express a thought. They're still thinking, and the fact that they are looking for words shows on their faces. They pause for an instant to find the right word, search their minds to compose a sentence, then
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Marc Clapp
Most celebrity autobiographies aren't good. This one is. Brando is frank and up front and it really does feel like you're talking to the man directly. He doesn't toot his own horn or run himself down but instead is fair and honest about his troubled life. Miss him.
Phyllis
Quite good. He spoke openly about his childhood and I was touched by his warm feelings for his sisters and his longing for love from his parents. I like to hear actors I'm interested in talk about their work and co-workers. Not in a gossipy way but in a way that gives you more insight into the movie in question. Brando does some of that, but I would have liked much more. For example, what led to his choices in his performance of Fletcher Christian. He writes frequently of his social conscience a ...more
Chris Kubik
He tries to avoid talking about acting but ends up giving the best insights into. Also, he has some reflections on what makes for good film/play writing based on how it serves the actor, and those passages for me are invaluable as a writer.
Trevor
The reason I liked this book so much is Brando's honesty,he gives the reader plenty of reasons to loathe him but also so much more to admire.It is as true a biography as I have ever read (I would assume).No person is a saint and nobody is a sinner we all exist somewhere in between the two,this book has helped me understand where Brando the man lies in this spectrum and how he has brought these aspects of himself to his films.It must be taken that into account that this is Brando's version of his ...more
Hippie Man 4 Life
I learned a lot from Marlon Brando about acting & different life lessons after reading this. He has been a favorite actor of mine for the longest time. If you are a fan of his, you definitely should read this.
Eden Morales
The thoughts were cluttered and all over the place but I felt awful about his childhood. Great actor but not a great storyteller, though.
Marylu Sanok
While any autobiography is self indulgent, this book is over the top. I have admired many of Brando's movies, I cannot say that I admire his writing of this story.

His self-deprecation is almost the most flagrant bragging I have ever read. He reveals only what he thinks you want to hear and no more. I know very little more about him than I have read in papers and magazines.

His bragging about the women he has had rivals that of Wilt Chamberlain and he is very critical of actors and others, all of
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Tristy
Marlon Brando is an odd bird and this autobiography helps explain his strangeness. It's clear he has good intentions and wants to do good things for the world, but his egotism and misogyny is off the charts. There are of course, little gem-like moments that slip past his flowery prose, including his deep love of music and other cultures. There are some fantastic pictures included as well. But in the end, this is for only the die-hard fans of Brando, who can look past (or even enjoy?) his particu ...more
Sarah
I don't normally read autobiographies about actors/actresses/singers, etc. I am hoping that this might give some insite into who he was and what made him the social activist he was.

Now that I have finished this book, I am a bit disappointed. I guess I would have preferred not to know anything about him, than to know that he was a womanizer and a drinker. Not a lot of insite to his live, I won't bother with autobiographies anymore of actors/singers/etc.
Kimmie
Jul 27, 2008 Kimmie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYBODY
If you have ever wanted to know the heart of Marlon Brando, if you are ready to laugh as much as you cry, then read this! It bypasses facts and focuses on his view of his life and is quite insightful and entertaining. Of course, I am in love with MB, so I am biased!

It sheds a lot of light on why he was the way that he was, what drove him, his passions, it is really wonderful! My current favorite!
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