Thanks for the recommendation. I might just have a look.
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I'm going to grab a copy of this if I see it used since I'm pretty much a classical novice. Most of the classical I enjoy or own is on the non-traditional side...Reich, Riley, Stockhausen, Part, Glass, Xenakis, Satie, Kronos, etc. so I'll see if I can stumble on to something new.
Now I'm going to hijack the thread and throw a recommendation out there :-) I read this book a few months ago and I couldn't put it down. It's titled "40 Watts From Nowhere". Enthralling true story of how a young woman gets into the whole underground (pirate) radio station scene. Nail-biting stuff because of the constant threat of being busted by the FCC. Her station ends up becoming VERY popular with huge bands & musicians dropping by for impromptu jam sessions and dj sessions. This would make a great movie.
I'm loving this book right now as well. It's a keeper. I have never really been a classical music fan at all, but Ross's writing is so vivid and fascinating that I'm starting to seek some stuff out. Ross really knows music, and much else as well--the book is a terrific cultural history of the 20th century.