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Readership: General readers; music fans; musicians; readers of Rolling Stone, The New York Times, and The New Yorker; students and scholars of: twentieth-century music, American music, twentieth-century history; oral history
Jonathan Cott, editor and contributor, Rolling Stone magazine
Jonathan Cott is the author of sixteen previous books, including Conversations with Glenn Gould; Stockhausen: Conversations with the Composer; Dylan (A Biography); and Back To A Shadow In The Night: Music Writings and Interviews - 1968-2001. A contributing editor at Rolling Stone since the magazine's inception, Cott has also written for The New York Times and The New Yorker. He lives in New York City.
"The interview is replete with a generous helping of the boast and bombast which was Bernstein's stock-in-trade, which one either loves or hates ... The account makes riveting reading." - Classical Music
"Rarely has a composer or conductor enjoyed such public adulation, and this lovely little book goes some way towards explaining why Bernstein did. A transcription of the "last long interview" with him, conducted in the year before his death, it captures Bernstein on sparkling form... Dinner with Lenny is an evocative tribute, not just to Bernstein's musical gifts but his ever-active mind." - The Financial
"[In Dinner with Lenny] ancedotes flow freely as the casual obscenities and gushing Yiddish emoting. The most telling quip comes in Cott's perceptive introduction: just before a concert at the Vatican, followed by an audience with the Pope, a well-wishing friend sent Bernstein a telegram: 'Remember: the ring, not the lips.'" - The Spectator
"Jonathan Cott is gifted at making a discussion - presented in the formatting of a play script, with occasional stage directions - feel like a live recording, while we wander from fascinating reflections about languages, the mystic number seven, and Hitler's effect on 20th-century music, to lovely
anecdotes such as the one about Bernstein's late wife washing the eccentric Glenn Gould's hair." - The Independent on Sunday
"Lenny is witty, erudite, epigrammatic and wicked - filled with off-the cuff reminiscences about friends, colleagues and reflection on major composers." - The Times
"What Cott has achieved, though this final interview, is to make Lenny speak and sing again. It's been said that if you remember an evening with Lenny, you weren't really there. The genius of Cott's book is not only to remember but to recall with pinpoint accuracy and sympathy the flame of Leonard Bernstein that burned so brightly and so true." -
"A feast" - New York Times
"I found this terrific book quite impossible to put down ... Here is a vibrant and authentic Leonard Bernstein, speaking freely, frankly and extremely entertainingly, but never wavering in his raging passion for music, or his simple lust for life." - International Record Review
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