Hallelujah Junction: Composing an American Life (Paperback)

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Hallelujah Junction: Composing an American Life (Paperback)


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A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
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A book unlike anything ever written by a composer--part memoir, part description and explication of the creative process--Hallelujah Junction is an absorbing journey across the musical landscape of America and through the life and times of John Adams, one of today's most admired and performed composers.

John Adams was born in Massachusetts in 1947. He is the composer of such acclaimed works as Harmonielehre, Nixon in China, Naive and Sentimental Music, El Niño, and On the Transmigration of Souls, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2003. He is the author of the book Hallelujah Junction: Composing an American Life. He lives in Berkeley, California.
Product Details ISBN: 9780312428617
ISBN-10: 0312428618
Publisher: Picador
Publication Date: November 24th, 2009
Pages: 368
Language: English

“No book I know of better captures the thrill of a moment of artistic freedom and innovation. . . . This is a book that any aspiring artist, in any medium, should read as a kind of how-to guide to achieving artistic success without losing integrity. . . . A book for anyone who wants to create something--including a self.” —David Rollow, The Boston Globe

“How Mr. Adams arrived at this particular harmonic language is largely the subject of his absorbing book, which at times reads like a quest narrative that travels through the whole landscape of twentieth-century music.” —Chip McGrath, The New York Times

“A lively, witty prose writer. . . . It's the range of Adams's musical appetites and intellectual hunger that leaves the strongest impression. This is a man who swallows whole new worlds with every fresh project he takes on--and makes his discoveries new for the rest of us.” —Michael Upchurch, The Seattle Times

“Engrossing . . . Like his music, Adams's voice in Hallelujah Junction is both playful and thoughtful, unafraid of making big emotional statements but obsessed with making sure those statements are precisely crafted. . . . An original and inspired book.” —Wynne Delacoma, Chicago Sun-Times

“John Adams is the voice of America . . . thoughtful, amusing, analytical--and a good writer. . . . To read something so intelligent, reasoned, and caring sure feels good these days.” —Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times

“Thoughtful, amusing, analytical . . . John Adams is the voice of America.” —Mark Swede, Los Angeles Times

Hallelujah Junction stands . . . among the most readably incisive autobiographies of major musical figures.” —David Hajdu, The New York Times Book Review