- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Pimlico; New Ed edition (7 July 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0712660593
- ISBN-13: 978-0712660594
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 447,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Those Twentieth-Century Blues: An Autobiography Paperback – 7 Jul 1994
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"What makes THOSE TWENTIETH CENTURY BLUES so fascinating, and often very moving, is not just its illumination of a richly patterned life, but the sheer candour of the reminiscences. . . It is altogether an admirable book. . . touchingly honest and endearing." (Financial Times)
"Richly entertaining. . . The heady flavour of the man himself is here." (Sunday Telegraph)
"It is his best book. . . and anyone with the remotest interest in contemporary music should read it." (London Magazine)
"Extremely lively and candid. . . he is a master story-teller. . . highly enjoyable." (Musical Times)
The autobiography of Britain's greatest living composer is as idiosyncratic as the man himself, revealing his insatiable curiosity about people and places, ideas and sensations, and music of every kind. Vigorous, brave, funny, candid about his sexual and emotional life, Sir Michael has written a remarkable, memorable book.See all Product Description
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I myself remember being astonished to see Tippett running up to the stage with boundless energy to take applause at the age of 84. In this book we get deeper insights into the man. He seems to have been incredibly intelligent from the first, picking up multiple languages in no time at all as a young man.
The account given here of his wartime trials, and his reasons for going to prison, his views on Stalin and on 1940's Germany, are very interesting. I also enjoyed the account of how he searched for his own style via a new interpretation of earlier English music.
I found the writing out of his dreams from 1939 a bit tiresome to read, but otherwise it was all entertaining and enjoyable. Tippett's views are always provocative and interesting, and he seems endlessly fertile, creative and original in his outlook.
I am still unsure of his later music, which seems to me to be good in parts only, but I absolutely love everything he wrote up to the second symphony in 1958. Reading this account I wonder whether Meirion Bowen perhaps led him a little astray from the early 1960's on, where there is a greater emphasis on being self consciously 'trendy'.
In any event, a recommended read for Tippett fans.