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Words Without Music Hardcover – 2 Apr 2015

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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (2 April 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571323723
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571323722
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.5 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 428,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wonderfully illuminating ... Big-hearted and open-minded, this irresistible memoir helps to show how Glass has channelled and transformed the sounds of our time. (Boyd Tonkin The Independent)

This elegantly written, funny and sometimes very touching memoir. (Richard Morrison The Times)

In his long-awaited memoir, Glass weaves together personal and creative epiphanies with all the intricacy you'd expect. (Things We Like NME)

An unpretentious and often funny account of the life of a remarkable man. (The Economist)

[The] story of an amazing journey, borne along by some of the most powerful currents in contemporary art. (Adam Lively Sunday Times)

Glass's style of writing is devoid of pomposity or fake intellectualism. Words Without Music is informal, chatty and self-aware ... an amiable and entertaining book. (Richard Fairman Financial Times)

[A] lively, readable memoir ... Aids, Woodstock, Vietnam, the film world, the art world, the jazz era of John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Charlie Parker: all spring to life in these pages. Philip Glass is a deft, quietly witty writer. Finding his own music - how to make it, where it comes from - is his first priority. (Fiona Maddocks The Observer)

An engaging, even charming book, one of the most readable autobiographies ever written by a classical composer. (Terry Teachout Commentary)

[A] well-written, well-observed memoir with a charming New York flavour of directness and specificity about small things. (Philip Hensher The Spectator)

Martin Scorsese ... has remarked that Glass is as good a writer as he is a composer. I agree; I couldn't put the book down. This is a splendid memoir and essential reading for anyone interested in the contemporary scene. (John Robert Brown Classical Music)

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The long-awaited memoir by 'the most prolific and popular of all contemporary composers' (New York Times)

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