Hear the music that made him
Will Smith shares the songs that shaped his decades-long music career, along with commentary from the audiobook edition of WILL, for his Music+Talk show on Spotify.
W i l l S m i t h
with Mark Manson
“The best memoir I’ve ever read”
Available for purchase around the world
One of the most dynamic and globally recognized entertainment forces of our time opens up fully about his life, in a brave and inspiring book that traces his learning curve to a place where outer success, inner happiness, and human connection are aligned. Along the way, Will tells the story in full of one of the most amazing rides through the worlds of music and film that anyone has ever had.
Will Smith’s transformation from a fearful child in a tense West Philadelphia home to one of the biggest rap stars of his era and then one of the biggest movie stars in Hollywood history, with a string of box office successes that will likely never be broken, is an epic tale of inner transformation and outer triumph, and Will tells it astonishingly well. But it's only half the story.
Will Smith thought, with good reason, that he had won at life: not only was his own success unparalleled, his whole family was at the pinnacle of the entertainment world. Only they didn't see it that way: they felt more like star performers in his circus, a seven-days-a-week job they hadn't signed up for. It turned out Will Smith's education wasn't nearly over.
This memoir is the product of a profound journey of self-knowledge, a reckoning with all that your will can get you and all that it can leave behind. Written with the help of Mark Manson, author of the multi-million-copy bestseller The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, Will is the story of how one person mastered his own emotions, written in a way that can help everyone else do the same. Few of us will know the pressure of performing on the world's biggest stages for the highest of stakes, but we can all understand that the fuel that works for one stage of our journey might have to be changed if we want to make it all the way home. The combination of genuine wisdom of universal value and a life story that is preposterously entertaining, even astonishing, puts Will the book, like its author, in a category by itself.
Listen to Will read from the audiobook
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Black artists and bookstores bring will to life
Penguin Press and Will Smith commissioned window displays from Black artists, based on chapters from Will, to be displayed at Black-owned bookstores around the world.
Artist: Alexander Tamahn
Artist: Wutang McDougal
Artist: Sonia Galiber
Artist: Alex Rivera
Artist: Kisasi Ramsess
Artist: Maurice Evans
Artist: Rachelle Baker
Artist: Paradise Vibing
Artist: David Ellis
Artist: Jade Pearl
Watch artist B-Mike create the cover
Video courtesy of B-Mike.
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