Rock's philosopher king reflects on his music, his life and his upcoming "career suicide": "I'm ready to grow a new skin."

Carlos Santana's just-published memoir The Universal Tone (Nov. 4; Little, Brown and Company) may be subtitled Bringing My Story to Light, but it's hardly light reading. Besides detailed memories of his upbringing and musical achievements, the 544-page book also dives unapologetically deep into the guitar legend's philosophies and spirituality. Santana, 67, has learned countless life lessons, he says -- including these five, in his words.

 

1. There's Santana, and there's Carlos.

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