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Satie Seen Through His Letters

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  28 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
This whimsical book about the eccentric Parisian composer Erik Alfred Leslie Satie (1866-1925) confirms his position as one of the most bizarre personalities in music history. Gathered by a determined iconographer, thedirector of the Satie Foundation in Paris, and arranged somewhat chronologically by topic, such as "Friends," and "Lawsuits," these lettersto Cocteau, Debuss ...more
Paperback, 239 pages
Published July 1st 2000 by Marion Boyars Publishers Ltd (first published October 1989)
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Eddie Watkins
May 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
An appropriately playful book that becomes a biography of Erik Satie by allowing his letters to friends (and enemies) and peers and family to speak for themselves. It's a delightful and charming book filled with drawings and illustrations and it gives a great sense of Satie's unpredictability, strange wit, and generally odd (but usually calculated) behavior.

There are letters to Tristan Tzara, Poulenc, Debussy's wife, Brancusi, etc. that give a lively sense of all the artistic activity of the tim
Feb 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
"Everybody offers to buy one a drink; but nobody ever dreams of buying one a sandwich."

Dec 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Satie's music, fans of erratic oddballs in general, hermits, sensitives
Like Satie's room in Arceuil which was filled with a "jumble of heterogeneous objects," this book is a delightful collection of anecdotes, insults, periodicals, 130 gorgeous illustrations, guest appearances by Picasso, Ravel, Brancusi, Man Ray, et al., excerpts from Satie's memoir and the memoirs of others, and (of course) letters too. This pile of items gave me an intimate and slightly scandalous feeling, like I was given the opportunity to rummage through his room.

I went from page to page dis
Saties impeccable correspondence proves once and for all he is the very 1st rock n' roll rebel.His musical affiliations w/ such artistic greats as Picasso, Debussey, Coceteu, and Milhaud (who taught Brubeck)is complete w/ fist fights and freak outs.All set against the backdrop of turn of the century to WW1 Paris, this book reads like a whos who of the social luminaries of a golden day and age in art history-the modernist movement. Plus it is replete w/ funky doodles and weird pictures. You just ...more
Michael A.
Mar 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a must read for anyone who is at all interested in Monsieur Le Pauvre!
May 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: music
VH1 really needs to do a Behind the Music on Satie.
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