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Hallelujah Junction by John  Adams
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Mar 04, 09

Read in March, 2009

This is a pretty solid, well-written memoir from John Adams. I would have given it 3.5 stars if I could, but 3 it is. The biggest detriment to the book is its lack of cohesion. Adams repeated a lot of information, stating something in a way that would imply this was the reader's first time encountering a particular tidbit, when really it had been introduced in a previous chapter. Within chapters, though, everything seemed to flow well. I enjoyed learning more about Adams's works with which I am less familiar, and I thought he did a nice job of giving readers the audience's and critic's reactions to performances of his music as well as his own. It was particularly interesting to read the thoughts of a living and active composer who, frankly, is in the middle of his career.
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