Mozart in the Jungle by Blair Tindall
Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music

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In the tradition of Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential and Gelsey Kirkland’s Dancing on My Grave, Mozart in the Jungle delves into the lives of the musicians and conductors who inhabit the insular world of classical music. In a book that inspired the Amazon Original series starring Gael García Bernal and Malcolm McDowell, oboist Blair Tindall recounts her decades-long professional career as a classical musician—from the recitals and Broadway orchestra performances to the secret life of musicians who survive hand to mouth in the backbiting New York classical music scene, where musicians trade sexual favors for plum jobs and assignments in orchestras across the city. Tindall and her fellow journeymen musicians often play drunk, high, or hopelessly hungover, live in decrepit apartments, and perform in hazardous conditions— working-class musicians who schlep across the city between low-paying gigs, without health-care benefits or retirement plans, a stark contrast to the rarefied experiences of overpaid classical musician superstars. An incisive, no-holds-barred account, Mozart in the Jungle is the first true, behind-the-scenes look at what goes on backstage and in the Broadway pit.

About Blair Tindall

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Blair Tindall is a regular contributor to "The New York Times, Sierra Magazine, and the "San Franciso Examiner; her work has also appeared in "The Wall Street Journal and "Art & Antiques. The recipient of a MacDowell Fellowship, Tindall holds an M. A. in journalism from Standford University.
Published December 1, 2007 by Grove Press. 348 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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Oboist Tindall debuts with a provocative blend of no-holds-barred memoir and tough-minded reporting about the state of classical music.

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BY: Beeri Moalem 05.20.2008 Blair Tindall is bitter about the classical music industry in general and her own music career in particular.

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