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MOZART IN THE JUNGLE: Sex, Drugs and Classical Music
Bibliophile price: £1.88
Journalist and first oboe Blair Tindall takes you on a no-holds-barred tour of what really goes on both back-stage and in the orchestra pit! From her acclaimed debut recital at Carnegie Hall to the pits of Les Miserables and Miss Saigon, during her 23 year career as a professional musician Tindall played with some of the top names in classical music and on Broadway, such as the New York Philharmonic and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and on some of Hollywood's biggest film soundtracks. The world of the freelance musician in New York is hard - highly competitive, a constant scramble to get and retain work with no job security or health insurance - and here it is exposed in all its shabby glory in this scandalous memoir of the lifestyles of the musicians and conductors that bear equal comparison to those of the most dissolute rockers. Featuring over-amorous tutors, agents who expected more than just a percentage cut to get her a position or gig and a great deal of recreational drug use all under the looming shadow of the first wave of New York AIDS cases, this highly entertaining cautionary tale is also a scandalous and enlightening peek and exposé into the performance and economics of classical music. 318pp paperback, photos.

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