No one explodes one of the longest-held misconceptions of music history better than Steve Lukather and his band Toto. The dominant sound of the late ‘70s and ‘80s was not punk, but a slick, polished amalgam of rock and R&B 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 crew in LA, and further developed on the band’s self-titled multi-platinum debut. A string of massive hits followed for Toto while Lukather and bandmates David Paich, Jeff Porcaro, and Steve Porcaro also served as creative linchpins on some of the most successful and influential records of the era, including Michael Jackson’s Thriller.
In this incisive memoir, Lukather tells the complete Toto story. He also lifts the lid on what went on behind the closed studio doors, shedding light on the unique creative processes of some of the most legendary names in music: from Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, Stevie Nicks, and Elton John to Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen, Don Henley, Roger Waters, and Aretha Franklin. Lukather’s extraordinary tale also encompasses the dark side of stardom and the American Dream. Frank, engaging, and often hilarious, The Gospel According to Luke is no ordinary rock memoir. It is the real thing.
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Great book for any musician but perfect for guitar players
Luke is a force of nature and a brilliant guitarist. This is a great read.
Very interesting through out
I have always loved STEVE (Luke) as a musician and reading this book about his life made me love the guy even more. The book not only told you about his life but his humility, his amazing session work, his ups and downs in his life, his family (including his Toto family as well). This book keeps your interest through out.... never a dull moment. Love the discography at the end of the book as well. Must buy for anyone. I am hoping he does do another book with the session years. That would be interesting too. Keep it coming Luke, I will be one of the first to read it. Now I have to say he’s one of my favorite authors now too!
Love the dude!
Good read! I’ve been a toto fan for years and one of the main reasons is Steve. Although he is credited by his peers and fans for his guitar work, I think he is humble when it comes to taking lead vocals. He has a great ear and his voice is phenomenal! I love to hear it! His best solo work is Luke- thoroughly solid with “The real truth”, “Love The Things You”, and “Tears Of My Own Shame”. This great read has led me to jam to his recommendations of Supersonic Blues Machine and Lance Lopez. Thanks for music!