Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music
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Mozart in the Jungle

Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music

By Blair Tindall

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Format: Paperback, 318 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United States, 08 June 2006
In the tradition of Anthony Bourdain s "Kitchen Confidential" and Gelsey Kirkland s "Dancing on My Grave," "Mozart in the Jungle" delves into the lives of the musicians and conductors who inhabit the insular world of classical music. In a book that inspired the Amazon Original series starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Malcolm McDowell, oboist Blair Tindall recounts her decades-long professional career as a classical musicianfrom the recitals and Broadway orchestra performances to the secret life of musicians who survive hand to mouth in the backbiting New York classical music scene, where musicians trade sexual favors for plum jobs and assignments in orchestras across the city. Tindall and her fellow journeymen musicians often play drunk, high, or hopelessly hungover, live in decrepit apartments, and perform in hazardous conditions working-class musicians who schlep across the city between low-paying gigs, without health-care benefits or retirement plans, a stark contrast to the rarefied experiences of overpaid classical musician superstars. An incisive, no-holds-barred account, "Mozart in the Jungle" is the first true, behind-the-scenes look at what goes on backstage and in the Broadway pit."

About the Author

Blair Tindall is a regular contributor to The New York Times, Sierra Magazine, and the San Francisco Examiner; her work has also appeared in The Wall Street Journal and Art & Antiques. The recipient of a MacDowell Fellowship, Tindall holds an M.A. in journalism from Stanford University. She lives in Los Angeles, CA.

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EAN: 9780802142535
ISBN: 0802142532
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic
Dimensions: 20.47 x 15.75 x 2.18 centimeters (0.34 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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3 of 5 Stars! '

Interesting. Not quite what I was expecting - slightly less of the sex, drugs, and Chopin, and slightly more of the history and economics of the classical music scene in the US in the 20th century, but generally pretty engaging.

I'm always left wondering what those who know the author, and those who feature in such candid autobiographies make of the finished product.

 
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