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Pavarotti's Former Manager Pens Tell-All Book

NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Herbert Breslin, Luciano Pavarotti’s manager for 36 years before their public and acrimonious split in 2002, has penned a tell-all book about the opera superstar, ”The King and I: The Uncensored Tale of Luciano Pavarotti’s Rise to Fame by his Manager, Friend and Sometime Adversary.

Written with the New York Times music critic Anne Midgette, Breslin tells "the story of a very beautiful, simple, lovely guy who turned into a very determined, aggressive and somewhat unhappy superstar," says Doubleday.

Among’s Breslin’s revelations are Pavariotti’s inability to read music, that he lip-synched when tired and travelled with 32 pieces of baggage with pots, pans, utensils, pasta, containers of olive oil, Porterhouse steaks, prosciutto slicer, an espresso machine and containers of olive oil. He also refers to his superstar client as a “beached whale.”

Doubleday will publish the $25.95 hardcover book in October. – Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner