- The Political Life of an American Musician
- Narrated by: Dick Hill
- Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 09-03-10
- Language: English
- Publisher: University Press Audiobooks
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Seldes for the first time links Bernstein's great concert-hall and musical-theatrical achievements and his real and perceived artistic setbacks to his involvment with progressive political causes. Making extensive use of previously untapped FBI files as well as overlooked materials in the Library of Congress' Bernstein archive, Seldes illuminates the ways in which Bernstein's career intersected with the 20th century's most momentous events.
This broadly accessible and impressively documented account of the celebrity-maestro's life deepens our understanding of an entire era as it reveals important and often ignored intersections of American culture and political power.
This book is published by University of California Press.
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By karltonwrites on 04-04-12
Perfect Marriage of Politics and the Arts
Two of my favorite topics: music and lefty politics. Basically, the author uses Bernstein's life as a metaphor for the decline of progressive liberalism in the United States in the twentieth century. It works well as both biography and a historical survey, only getting slightly bogged down in theory in the last chapter.
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