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 song. In a ebook that encouraged the Amazon unique sequence starring Gael García Bernal and Malcolm McDowell, oboist Blair Tindall recounts her decades-long expert occupation as a classical musician—from the recitals and Broadway orchestra performances to the key lifetime of musicians who live to tell the tale hand to mouth within the backbiting manhattan classical track scene, the place musicians exchange sexual favors for plum jobs and assignments in orchestras around the urban. Tindall and her fellow journeymen musicians usually play inebriated, excessive, or hopelessly hungover, stay in decrepit flats, and practice in harmful 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 stories of overpaid classical musician superstars. An incisive, no-holds-barred account, Mozart within the Jungle is the 1st real, behind-the-scenes examine what is going on behind the curtain and within the Broadway pit.

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