The Spirituality of…

The Spirituality of Carlos Santana

The Spirituality of Bono

The Spirituality of Richard Gere

Edited by Nicholas Nigro

Website – Carlos Santana  | Website – Bono  | Website – Richard Gere



Backbeat Books has announced the launch of an exciting new and innovative series of books that celebrate cultural icons and legends in the entertainment industry whose commitment to humanitarianism and to helping those around them is life-changing and inspirational. Each book in the Backbeat Spirituality Series is a compendium of uplifting and thought-provoking quotes and is designed to inspire and enrich readers from all backgrounds.  Regardless of any religious or non-religious stance, the actions and insights of these entertainment legends highlight specific thoughts and ideas that are inspirational to all of us.

 “We are pleased to present accessible books that shine light on positive aspects of highly visible people in our culture and that provide an inclusive, relatable source of inspiration for a wide range of readers,” said Series Editor, Bernadette Malavarca.  “While the series’ focus on performers and pop culture icons ties directly into the root of what the Backbeat catalog has always been about, as inspirational books, these titles expand the imprint’s parameters conceptually.”

The first three books in the series are:  The Spirituality of Carlos Santana, The Spirituality of Bono, and The Spirituality of Richard Gere (Backbeat Books, $14.99).

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The Spirituality of Carlos Santana is an enriching compilation of the legendary musician’s most inspiring and compelling words.  His life story is interwoven with matters of spirituality, humanitarianism, and a boundless search for the real meaning and purpose of life.  The venerable singer-songwriter has never been shy about expressing his opinions and reaching deep inside himself to reveal what’s in his heart and soul.  “You are not realistic unless you believe in miracles,” Carlos says with genuine conviction.

Beyond being the front man of U2, Bono has set out to change the world and has worked for decades to make it happen.  He is the cofounder of the organization DATA (Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa), the ONE Campaign, and Product Red.  His insights, zeal, and good humor are revealed in The Spirituality of Bono, a rich compendium of his most thought provoking, uplifting, and persuasive words.  His spirituality and humanitarianism will make readers think and, if Bono has his way, act to make this world a more just and humane place. Bono asserts, “Yes, you can be interested in the real world as well as the otherworldliness of spiritual life.”

The Spirituality of Richard Gere is a collection of the actor-humanitarian’s most insightful and inspiring reflections.  Gere has spent decades as a devout Buddhist and has dedicated his efforts to spreading the values of kindness, generosity and compassion.  He launched The Gere Foundation, which provides grants to support the preservation of the Tibetan people, and he is involved with Survival International and Healing the Divide, as well as other organizations.  Gere strikes an impressive balance between a career in the fast-paced world of show business and spiritual student, altruist and perpetual seeker of meaning and purpose.  “We expand our minds,” Gere says, “and we expand our hearts.”

Future titles in the series will include The Spirituality of Oprah Winfrey, The Spirituality of Bob Dylan and The Spirituality of Steve Jobs, to be published this fall.



Nicholas Nigro_Au_PhotoNicholas Nigro is a freelance writer and the author of multiple books in a variety of fields.  From spirituality to science and medicine, popular culture to pets and animals, his publishing credits span a wide gamut of topics and appeal to an eclectic swath of readers.  He lives in New York City.

The Spirituality of Carlos Santana (9781480355453)

The Spirituality of Bono (9781480355460)

The Spirituality of Richard Gere (9781480355477)

April 8, 2014
4 1/2″ x 6″
104 pages



Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group, the trade book division of Hal Leonard Corporations, publishes books on the performing arts under the imprints Hal Leonard Books, Backbeat Books, Amadeus Press, and Applause Theatre and Cinema Books.

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