“Chasing Chopin is well worth reading. It is instructive, engaging, and sincere.”
French composer Francis Poulenc was one of the famed vanguard composers of Les Six and a bon vivant who enjoyed celebrity but privately suffered bouts of depression and self-doubt, all of which inf
“‘All I could think was, this can’t be right. Patsy’s too young to die.’”
The Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy wrote famously in the first sentence of Anna Karenina: “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”
Near the end of his intimate biography of Ravi Shankar, the author, Oliver Craske, describes his first meeting with the famed sitar player, global ambassador for Indian music and culture and for mo
“a truly remarkable story of a truly remarkable life . . .”
“One senses on every page Kaplan’s enthusiasm for his subject as well as his deep knowledge.”
In the late ’60s, Janis Joplin shot to international fame after her performance of “Ball and Chain” at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967.
“Shattering epiphanies about old bandmates aside, Time Is Tight is, most emphatically, not a book about settling old scores.
“‘I’d allowed myself to get to the stage where I shaved and wiped my arse and paid other people to do everything else for me. I had no idea how to work a washing machine.’”
"‘Although his days on earth were limited to the summer season of his life, the music he left behind, endowed with his extraordinary inventiveness and intellectual curiosity has yet to ceas
“Smith is unarguably a talented writer with a great command of rhythm and rhyme, of imagery and simile and all things lyrical.”
“The Soul of Care is important. Its significance goes beyond medicine.”
Ask a musician to choose one American classical music celebrity and it’s likely it would be Leonard Bernstein.
“Suchet brings journalistic objectivity, expert analysis, and sensitivity to his portrait of Tchaikovsky the man, his times, and his music.”
“Forever and Ever, Amen by Randy Travis is a strong memoir of faith, hope and triumph shining through times of extreme tribulation.”
“plunge into Kushins’ uncommonly empathetic biography of the man who wrote ‘Send Lawyers, Guns and Money,’ and much more, and who contributed to the great body of American folklore and lege
“As a biography of a towering musical figure, Serving the Servant is a fascinating read for anybody with even a passing interest in Nirvana.
“in part a work of advocacy for classical music, in part philosophy for a society in transition, and in part wisdom from a sensitive, caring, and intelligent artist, Classical Music: Ex
“This is a book that is read once, and then once again, and again—each time gaining new insight into a true maestro.”
“For the music lover who wants to explore the textures and unconventional harmonies which set Debussy apart as the greatest French composer of his time.”
“[Sachs’] impeccable research and dimensional portrait of the Toscanini and his times is a towering achievement of the biographer’s craft.”
“Connelly is too slow for his own good. The idea that he waited 38 years since Lennon’s murder to write this bio is astonishing. Talk about sitting on a story!”
“And you know what I say to people who ask, ‘What do you do when all the odds are against you?’ I say, ‘You keep going. You just don’t stop.’”
“Robin Wallace’s book not only humanizes one of the most famous composers in the history of Western music, it serves as a beautifully written love letter to his late wife, Barbara.”