My Steinway Blues

My Steinway Blues

by Anthony Sharp


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This is the true story of a professional musician whose colourful, if chequered career has enabled him to review the past with a relaxed, philosophical eye.
Anthony Sharp attended his local grammar school, and on an organ scholarship went up to Oxford where he shared tutorials with fellow Londoner, the late Dudley Moore - who rose to international fame and fortune while Tony drifted from gig to gig, clutching at straws and failing to capitalize on his achievements.
Written with delightful candour and wit, he traces the years from choirboy days, school and university, through work and close encounters with the famous and 'infamous', to life in a Spanish village and the dubious pleasures of altercations with the wicked over his Steinway grand piano.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781461060291
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/10/2011
Pages: 270
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.57(d)

About the Author

For years it was generally considered by our venerable elders that no one should publish an autobiography until he or she is ready to drop dead. How times have changed. Yet in my own case, the original 'decency' probably applies. In fact, not so long ago a rumour went round the Spanish coastal town where I had resided for many moons that I had indeed fallen off my proverbial perch. When I suddenly appeared in the doorway of the English newsagent in the street where I had owned a piano bar, the girl behind the counter turned ashen white and nearly dropped the paper she was about to sell to an innocent customer.
'I've just come off the cross,' I brightly announced in Jewish mimicry. 'A little bit of blood.., but nothing too serious.'
She smiled awkwardly at my tasteless remarks, though I suspect she was glad I actually bought a paper and gave her the correct money - if only to convince her I was real and not an overly playful apparition. Just as well I had already written part of my story, I thought, since one day my passing will no longer be mere rumour.

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