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.