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Adventures and Musical Times of David Amram

By (author) David Amram
Format: Hardback
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Westport, United States
Imprint: Greenwood Press
Published: 11th Mar 1980
Dimensions: h 230mm
Weight: 862g
ISBN-10: 0313222304
ISBN-13: 9780313222306
Barcode No: 9780313222306

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At thirty-seven David Amram is already one of our established musical eminents - background composer for Broadway - After the Fall, The Passion of Joseph D. and Hollywood - Splendor in the Grass, The Young Savages, The Manchurian Candidate and he was recently tagged by Bernstein to be the first composer-in-residence for the New York Philharmonic. Happily, his autobiography is most modest and disarming and interesting as the scene switches from boyhood slum life in Washington to a jazzy G.I. tour of Europe, stint in Paris, and life from Manhattan's lower East Side to Easthampton. And the gigs - with Charlie Parker, Mingus, Monk, Sonny Rollins, Lionel Hampton - and the sessions with Joseph Papp (Amram cued the New York Shakespearean Festival for two years), Kerouac, Dave Lambert, Allen Ginsberg, Elia Kazan, George Plimpton, Paddy Chayefsky, etc. Whether taking a short shift as a short order cook, putting on a concert or putting down Jack Warner, David Amram has a catchy enthusiasm and the Vibrations are all good. (Kirkus Reviews)