- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: The Robson Press (29 Oct. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1849544042
- ISBN-13: 978-1849544047
- Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 15.9 x 24.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 518,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Strings Attached: The Life and Music of John Williams Hardcover – 29 Oct 2012
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Best of all, Starling includes a wealth of anecdotes about Williams's life. --Quarter Notes Magazine
About the Author
WILLIAM STARLING is a writer and amateur musician.
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The book also covers the somewhat fractured relationship with Segovia and gives some more detail to the dispute that Williams has referred to in some interviews over his decision not to take part in a guitar competition that Segovia had recommended. It was to lead to a huge argument between Segovia and Len Williams that must have been terrifying for a teenager to witness. The musical insights are fascinating, especially into John Williams' desire to explore aspects of music other than the classical genre. This is in the face of some trenchant criticism that he was failing in his duty to use his God given talents (the critics argument - not mine). However, I think the description of his musical career is somewhat rushed.Read more ›
Starling could not of made this masterpiece of a book happen without the consent of his subject and associates. It's hard to put this book down once you get started and it is the only account available of its kind.
Whether you are a classical guitarist yourself or have a fleeting interest in classical music, this book will not fail to entertain you. Money well worth investing and a book I personally treasure in my collection. Well done Mr Starling!
When Len Williams dies, the book dies with him ; ensues a tedious and seemingly endless list of concert and recording dates which read like an impresario's diary ; gone is the preceding incisive insight ; instead, a turgid litany of concert halls, recording studios, conductors, and colleagues, with none of the psychological perceptiveness for which the author had, hitherto, shown a marked ability.Read more ›
It is therefore fascinating to get a glimpse into a varied life which has been the inspiration for an equally varied musical career, covering the gamut from quiet intimate solo recitals to the crash and bang of full-on rock staging; from sublime performances of Bach and the core Spanish repertoire to championing the Latin American repertoire (previously largely derided by the classical establishment), and expanding the modern repertoire with commissions and compositions from across the spectrum of styles and traditions.
The core of the book is based on interviews with Williams himself and those around him about his life, his influences and inspirations, and includes more than a little controversy with forthright views on some of those influences.
A direct and conversational style, though not a linear biographical recital, makes for an easy read, full of details and information previously known to very few. Recommended reading for fans and detractors, and for anyone interested ion the trajectory of a leading proponent of classical performance of the whole of the second half of the twentieth century and into the twenty-first
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My friend is very pleased with the book of the life of John Williams.He worked with him in his early days and likes remembering those days.Published 26 days ago by dilly
Having admired John Williams for his music and his politcs for 45 years I swallowed the bitter pill and bought the Kindle in order to be able to read this book. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Segovia
very interesting biography. Many interesting facts, such as Segovia's ridiculous snobbism. I always thought Segovia is overrated. Read morePublished 15 months ago by amazon customer
To me it was disappointing and not a patch on Bream's "A life on the Road"Published 16 months ago by amazon user
Reading between the lines of Mr Starling's introduction, I suspect that John Williams felt that insufficient recognition had ever been accorded to his undoubtedly influential... Read morePublished on 28 July 2013 by Bookworm
a very informative book and a very good read and great value for the money it has already been
borowed twice by my freinds
I for one would have liked the story to be told by himself.After all,he's still alive! Often it seems his father is the main character of this book. Read morePublished on 27 April 2013 by Jan S.
I can only assume the low star ratings for this book are at best mischievous. It is a wonderful read. Read morePublished on 26 Feb. 2013 by Alien
More of a biography of the father, Len Williams. Little insight into John Williams, the man. Written as if by an idolising teenage. Read morePublished on 4 Jan. 2013 by tpmanchester