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Posted June 21, 2012
I have nearly finished this book and have enjoyed it immensely. As the previous reviewer said, Dr. Berlin provided all the facts he could and used educated guesses when information could not be verified. It's kind of sad that so much information has been lost about a man who in his lifetime was known as the King of Ragtime. One thing I had fun doing was listening to the pieces as Dr. Berlin talked about them in the book. Overall, I recommend it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 29, 2012
I had to write an essay on Scott Joplin for school, and I could have gotten all of my information from this book alone. While other books contradicted themselves, Berlin answered unknown questions with certainty and admitted to a lack of knowledge when he couldn't. Every other book that I looked at either guessed or took the nearest date when they were unsure. I would rather have someone tell me that they are not 100% certain, but they have an educated guess than lead me to believe in untrue information. All in all, it was extremely interesting, and I recomend that you buy this book. At first I just bought it because it wasn't very expensive, and I needed another source for my research project, but inbetween the photos of actual contracts and quotes from people that Berlin directly interviewed, I cannot think of a better book to read, for fun or for reasearch.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.