Dinner With Lenny

Dinner With Lenny

The Last Long Interview With Leonard Bernstein

Book - 2013
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Features a complete account of the author's twelve-hour interview with Bernstein one year before the classical music personality's death in 1990.
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, c2013
ISBN: 9780199858446
0199858446
Characteristics: 183 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 22 cm

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Dec 09, 2016

In 1989 Cott conducted a 12 hour interview of Bernstein for Rolling Stone. It turned out to be the last before his death 11 months later. This book of 165 pages provides a complete account of Cott's questions & Lenny's answers - and he doesn't hold back any provocative statements, which at times are laced with expletives. As Cott states in the prelude; "Unlike almost any other classical performer of recent times, Leonard Bernstein...refused to compartmentalize and separate his emotional, intellectual, political, erotic, and spiritual longings from musical experience,.." Both Cott and Bernstein greatly admired Glenn Gould so the conversation naturally turned to him. As a Gould devotee, I enjoyed the loving tribute they paid him.

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