Lives of the Musicians: Good Times, Bad Times (and What the Neighbors Thought)


Which famous composer was known for the checked underwear you could sometimes glimpse during a concert when he forgot to put his suspenders on correctly?

That's your first clue that this collection of the life stories of 16 giants of music will not be the usual dry biographical tome. A love of music may connect you to these talents but it's not necessary to appreciate the anecdotes about their personalities and personal lives along with the caricatures that grace each individual's bio.

Humor blended with bits of information make this a highly readable and entertaining first look at some of the fathers and mothers of the music we enjoy today.

96 pages   978-0152480103    Ages 9-12

Recommended by: Barb Langridge,

********* "Here are the life stories of such diverse figures as Vivaldi, Mozart, Scott Joplin, Nadia Boulanger, and Woody Guthrie. Readers will learn of both their musical natures and the personal, humorous characteristics that make their lives so fascinating. “Living, breathing anecdotes--the stuff of which the best biography is made.”--Publishers Weekly

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