Words Without Music: A Memoir
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Glass' memoir thankfully doesn't follow his trademark repetitive style. Instead he has produced a really wonderful account of his life, specifically focussing on his early years. We follow him from childhood, through his early music lessons, to Juilliard, to Paris, to India, and beyond. His sheer d ...more
I absolutely loved this!
I’ve never considered myself a soundtrack or film score nerd, but it is the music genre that I predominantly listen to: I follow some composers’ work religiously, recognize pieces in an instant, and most o ...more
Description: The long-awaited memoir by the world-renowned composer of symphonies, operas and film scores.
'If you go to New York City to study music, you'll end up like your uncle Henry,' Glass's mother warned her incautious and curious nineteen-year-old son. It was the early summer of 1956, and Ida Glass was concerned that her precocious Philip, already a graduate of the University of Chicago, would end up an itinerant musician, playing in vaudeville ...more
After watching Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts, I was convinced that Philip Glass is an aloof turd. Now I believe he is an aloof turd with a heart.
If you at least know something about any one of the following things, you will probably enjoy Words Without Music: A Memoir:
Philip Glass, music theory/composition, Buddhism, world travel, pretense, yoga, daddy issues, plumbing, vagueness, or NYC in the 60's and 70's.
As a hardcore fan of PG since high school in 1995 (guess who sat at the co...more
There are moments where I cringed at his massive ego and pretentious attitude. He describes his divorce in one paragraph in the entire book mumbling something about pursuing someone else who leaves him anyway.
But thats ok because he has some great stories to tell regarding his adventures throughout India and Nepal and name drops some impressive artists that he ...more
A native of Baltimore, went off at age 15 to college at the University of Chicago (back when it had the "Great Books" program of study), t ...more
This thoughtfully-written autobiography illuminates his life, work and growth as a composer, influenced by the changing world around him and the artists h ...more
Philip Glass certainly is and his memoir is at once both insightful and instructive. He warmly invites us, over the span of 400 pages, to inhabit a wonderfully fluid, curious, and non-traditional mind. In his mid-seventies at publication date, Glass colorfully explains his thought processes as he moved from traditional classic music to an e ...more
This book reminded me of "Hand to Mouth", a memoir of Paul Auster on how he suffered through his early years as an artist. Based on the book though, PG has handled his situation gracefully by driving a cab for many years. He earned exactly the amount of money he needed to build his music career when nobody wan ...more
His music is described asminimalist, from which he distanced himself ...more