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The Band That Played On: The Extraordinary Story of the 8 Musicians Who Went Down with the Titanic

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The Band That Played On

'The Band That Played On' by Steve Turner is the story of the eight musicians who stayed back aboard the Titanic playing till the very end on her ill fated maiden voyage. The concept that makes this book stand out is the story behind how the band members came together "...
'The Band That Played On' by Steve Turner is the story of the eight musicians who stayed back aboard the Titanic playing till the very end on her ill fated maiden voyage. The concept that makes this book stand out is the story behind how the band members came together "and how their music served as the haunting sound track for one of modern history's most tragic maritime disasters".

I read this book at one go and I must say that the research work done in writing it was phenomenal. Not only are the musicians dealt with in depth, about their past and achievements but also the theories about the sinking of the Titanic are discussed and various angles explored. In addition to the writing, there are numerous photos and sketches to hold one's attention.

This is a great book for all ages and inspires us with the hope that we can all be heroes.

posted by Chhaya on May 16, 2011

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5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

inspiring history...

The story of the ship Titanic has fascinated a lot of people throughout the years. This is, however, the first time that a book has actually attempted to focus the attention on the band that played on and chose to die with the great ship rather than save their lives. Th...
The story of the ship Titanic has fascinated a lot of people throughout the years. This is, however, the first time that a book has actually attempted to focus the attention on the band that played on and chose to die with the great ship rather than save their lives. Their lives and what they stood for in that ship has truly been an inspiration for many years and for many people. Steve Turner has done a wonderful job of giving today's generation a chance to know more about this band and the values that their sacrifice upholds.

There are times I felt like the story was meandering too much off course. But all those information that seemed excessive at first proved to be useful in better understanding the personality of each of the members of the band who hoped to inspire calm and courage in the passenger's lives even at the expense of their own. It also showed how these men's death has affected their families as well as the whole world's view of many things, including its own core values. A fascinating, informative read, that could use a little nitpicky editing, but has truly told the gist of the inspiring tale of these men who died fulfilling every musician's dream of inspiring the world with their music.

posted by meowth2011 on May 20, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    Boring!!!

    Very well researched but the information was delivered in the most boring fashion. Took forever to read because I never could get excited to pick it up.

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  • Posted May 15, 2012

    Slow.........

    This book has some interesting tidbits here and there but most of it read like a textbook. It was dry and I gave it up about half way through it. Normally really enjoy Titantic trivia but this didn't hold my interest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2012

    Rebecca

    In rl my sister is crying. Again. Thanks dero and kev. You were just great friends. -rebecca.

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    Posted April 15, 2012

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