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Hallelujah Junction (John Adams Biography)

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Part memoir, part description and explication of the creative process - Hallelujah Junction is an absorbing journey across the musical landscape of America and through the life and times of John Adams, one of today's most admired and performed composers.

John Adams is one of the most respected and loved of contemporary composers, and “he has won his eminence fair and square: he has aimed high, he has addressed life as it is lived now, and he has found a language that makes sense to a wide audience” (Alex Ross, The New Yorker).

Now, in Hallelujah Junction, Adams offers a no-holds-barred portrait of the rich musical scene of 1970s California, and of his contemporaries and colleagues, including John Cage, Steve Reich, and Philip Glass. He describes the process of writing, rehearsing, and performing his renowned works, as well as both the pleasures and the challenges of writing serious music in a country and a time largely preoccupied with pop culture.


Starred Review. In this entertaining memoir, Adams deftly chronicles his life and times, providing along the way an incisive exploration of the creative process.  -- Publishers Weekly

  • 368 pages
  • Includes one 8-page b&w photo section

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