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Mozart in the Jungle
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 García Bernal and Malcolm McDowell, oboist Blair Tindall recounts her decades-long professional career as a classical musician—from 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.
- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Grove Press; Reprint edition (June 8, 2006)
- Language: English
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.9 x 8.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
Note: Blair Tindall will be signing copies of Mozart in the Jungle on May 21st from 6pm to 10pm and May 22nd from 12pm to 4pm near the LA Phil Store entrance at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
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