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The Man with the Golden Flute: Sir James, a Celtic Minstrel

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The internationally acclaimed, widely beloved flutist reflects on his storied career

Sir James Galway is one of the top musicians of our time, with a dazzling career that has spanned five decades and many genres of music. Now he celebrates his seventieth birthday with a look back on his incredible career, during which he has traveled around the world many times over and mad
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Wiley (first published 2009)
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Julia
Jul 30, 2012 Julia rated it it was ok
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I enjoyed the first bit of the book where he talks about his beginnings. It's easy to read, but a little short on information. I would have liked to know a bit more. Unfortunately once he starts his solo career the rest of the book is more and more about name dropping, not about music at all and not about himself either. It becomes a simple list of famous people he met (who are all either "charminng" or "a hoot" and all think Galway is a fantastic guy). This was not enough to hold my interest, t ...more
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Dec 11, 2013 Emily Good rated it liked it
This autobiography, written by Sir James Galway, provided insights into his career as a world renouned flautist. While I found it to be not terribly well written, it still was worthwhile for a better appreciation and understanding of the flute world and players within it. :)
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Feb 27, 2010 Julie rated it it was amazing
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Excellent book! As a fellow flutist, Sir James Galway is are role model and it is great to hear his story!
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Very self-involved (an autobiography after all), but interesting, showing his path to fame and the wonder of the flute. A bit skimpy on family details. Not sure how many kids he has or if they’re still in his life. No mention of them after the two divorces. Fantastic discography.
Mostly recommended for flute players, especially those who admire his playing, as I do. Perhaps also for young musicians as a description of an ambitious musical life, moving from small local Irish bands, to private less
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I love James Galway and this book re-inspired me to resume intensively training my flute skills!
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