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

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

Blair Tindall


In the culture of Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential and Gelsey Kirkland’s Dancing on My Grave, Mozart within the Jungle delves into the lives of the musicians and conductors who inhabit the insular international of classical track. In a e-book that encouraged the Amazon unique sequence starring Gael García Bernal and Malcolm McDowell, oboist Blair Tindall recounts her decades-long specialist occupation as a classical musician—from the recitals and Broadway orchestra performances to the key lifetime of musicians who continue to exist hand to mouth within the backbiting manhattan classical song scene, the place musicians exchange sexual favors for plum jobs and assignments in orchestras around the urban. Tindall and her fellow journeymen musicians frequently play under the influence of alcohol, excessive, or hopelessly hungover, reside in decrepit residences, and practice in dangerous stipulations— working-class musicians who schlep around the urban among low-paying gigs, with out health-care advantages or retirement plans, a stark distinction to the rarefied studies of overpaid classical musician superstars. An incisive, no-holds-barred account, Mozart within the Jungle is the 1st precise, behind-the-scenes examine what is going on behind the scenes and within the Broadway pit.

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