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The Soloist by Steve Lopez
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Sep 08, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: biography, music, psychology
Recommended for: Believers in the power of music
Read from September 05 to 06, 2010

The Soloist is a true testament to the power of music.

Always looking for a new lead and an interesting story, LA Times columnist Steve Lopez inadvertently stumbles into the life of Nathaniel Anthony Ayers, a Julliard trained musician battling with mental illness on the streets of Los Angeles.

Through a series of columns Lopez writes about Ayers, the very different lives of these two men begin to grow more and more intertwined. The Soloist is the story of this unlikely friendship that developed in an equally unlikely place, in and around LA's infamous Skid Row.

Offering Ayers a the strength and support of a human relationship, Lopez finds himself suddenly thrown into the role of mentor, psychologist, and music student. While he pries at Ayers for a story, Lopez is quickly immersed into the otherwise unfamiliar world of classical music.

It is touching to read about Ayers' journey, guided by Lopez's friendship and the motivating forces of music.
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