Words Without Music

  • by Philip Glass
  • Narrated by Lloyd James
  • 15 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The long-awaited memoir by "the most prolific and popular of all contemporary composers." (New York Times)
A world-renowned composer of symphonies, operas, and film scores, Philip Glass has, almost single-handedly, crafted the dominant sound of late twentieth-century classical music. Rapturous in its ability to depict the creative process, Words without Music allows listeners to experience that sublime moment of creative fusion when life merges with art. Biography lovers will be inspired by the story of a precocious Baltimore boy who entered college at age fifteen before traveling to Paris to study under the legendary Nadia Boulanger; Glass devotees will be fascinated by the stories behind Einstein on the Beach and Satyagraha, among so many other works. Whether recalling his experiences working at Bethlehem Steel, traveling in India, driving a cab in 1970s New York, or his professional collaborations with the likes of Allen Ginsberg, Ravi Shankar, Robert Wilson, Doris Lessing, and Martin Scorsese, Words without Music affirms the power of music to change the world.
BONUS FEATURE: Includes “Etude No. 2,” written and performed by Philip Glass.


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Treat Yourself, Accompany Audiobook with Music

Excellent memoir, how much greater would it have been though had it incorporated his music? Worth the time, though. Enjoy.
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- Brian E. Scanlan


I am a musician and this memoir is something I'll carry with me for years to come. It's a must read for anyone, but especially for creatives. A sort of "The Alchemist" meets 20th/21st century composer.
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- Ralph

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-06-2015
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.