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Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music

Author: Tindall, Blair Set In . . .
 North America, USA, New York, New York City
Genre: Biography
Time Frame: Late 20th Century
Published: 2005
From her debut recital at Carnegie Hall to performing with the orchestras of Les Miserables and Miss Saigon, oboist Blair Tindall has been playing classical music professionally for twenty-five years. She's also lived the secret life of musicians who survive hand to mouth, trading sex and drugs for low-paying gigs and the promise of winning a rare symphony position or a lucrative solo recording contract. InMozart in the Jungle,Tindall describes her graduation from the North Carolina School of the Arts to the backbiting New York classical music scene, a world where Tindall and her fellow classical musicians often play drunk, high, or hopelessly hung-over, live in decrepit apartments, and perform in hazardous conditions. (In the cramped confines of a Broadway pit, the decibel level of one instrument is equal to the sound of a chain saw.)

Mozart in the Jungleoffers a stark contrast between the rarefied experiences of overpaid classical musician superstars and those of the working-class musicians. For lovers of classical music,Mozart in the Jungleis the first true, behind-the-scenes look at what goes on backstage and in the Broadway pit.
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