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How to Stay Awake During Anybody's Second Movement: The Average Music Lover's Guide to Concertgoing
How to Stay Awake is for those who have ever been to a musical concert and have had justified cause to suppress a giggle. Walden pulls out all the plugs and says, "laugh till till it hurts."
Paperback, 136 pages
Published September 1st 1996 by Sound & Vision Publishing
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I wanted to like this book a lot more than I actually did. It's sort of a funny, tongue-in-cheek, basic introduction to classical music and concert-going. There is some good information in here, including some things that this classical violinist never knew. (Apollonian vs. Dionysian, how the middle class affected post-1800 music, etc.) And there are some genuinely funny bits to be found. That said, there is some sort of strange framing narrative about the music culture of small-town Canada ...more
I wanted this book to be something that it wasn't. I expecting a basic-to-moderate explanation on how to appreciate classical music, with some humour. I didn't feel however that the information was presented in any logical order, nor was it funny. I didn't find the information very accessible, despite the fact that it's marketed as a cartoon and humourous book. I can't say I took anything away from reading it.