I am not gay, even though I admit having some feminine traits. My favorite movie is “An Affair To Remember”. I proudly own a DVD of it and at the end, when Cary Grant says: “If it had to happen to one of us, why did it have to happen to you” and Deborah Kerr responds: “Don’t worry darling, if you can paint I can walk !”, I cry every time !
I did not invent anything, even though what I do to keep my hair is my own secret !
I am a complete moron when it comes to making money.
But I am glad I never learned how to get the obscene amount of millions of dollars that CEOs receive when they are fired !
Of course I changed some names to protect the privacy of the characters who ran through my life. I kept the real names of those who gave me their permission.
But what makes a person interesting is not just success, influence or money. The intricacies of life and how one deals with them is the key to make a story fascinating. So when people ask me why I’d like to write my life story, since the public only buy books written by well known people, I answer simply: “And why not ? From Ethiopia to Hollywood is not your everyday journey !”
From Ethiopia to Utopia:
A Remarkable Journey in Music and in Love
Available now as an eBook on Amazon, Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Barnes & Noble.
I am not a movie star, I am not a rock star, and I have not sold millions of records, even though I had my fifteen minutes !
I am not a scientist and I certainly don’t know how to do a heart transplant, even though, to please my father, I studied one year of medicine. But physics, chemistry and biology could not find their niche in my brain !
I am not a Republican, I am not a Democrat, I am a very Independent guy who asks questions and seeks the truth. I have learned not to trust any politician, if they have written a book or not. The same goes for religions.
Jean-Paul Vignon’s memoir is a charming, entertaining, and even occasionally educational, read which any fan of Old Hollywood, the Mad-Man Era, World War II history, and just memoirs in general will thoroughly enjoy.
- Holly Sidell, Huffington Post