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Clearing out my mom's library, the odds and ends she didn't take to her new apartment... Some interesting odd things. This picturebook was assembled in the summer of 1968, which Gruen spent with the Bernsteins in Italy. It was intended to be a photo-essay book similar to the Private Life of Picasso, except that, as Bernstein says right in the beginning, "Picasso's private world made a perfectly wonderful book because Picasso lives absolutely openly. He lives in a bikini in the south of France; h ...more
I've owned this coffee-table book for a long time, but was recently inspired to read it after hearing Berstein's son Alex on NPR's Car Talk! He referred to their summer in Italy in 1967 and that's the subject of this picture-essay. The text gives an intimate picture of Lenny as gifted musician and family man. The photography is worthy of an exhibit on its own. I recently read that Lenny's composing studio has been presented to Indiana University's School of Music by his children...wow!