Strings Attached: The Life and Music of John Williams

Strings Attached: The Life and Music of John Williams

by William Starling

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Strings Attached is the much anticipated authorised biography of John Williams, one of the most accomplished and celebrated musicians of his generation. From his childhood in Australia to his stellar career in London and around the world, John Williams has lived an extraordinary life. Master of the classical repertoire, he took the guitar to a wider audience with the band SKY and by his championing of the music of South America and Africa. William Starling came to know John Williams through their mutual friend, jazz guitarist John Etheridge. As their friendship developed, he put it to the maestro that it was time for a biography. To his lasting amazement, the famously private Williams agreed. Strings Attached is the product of extensive research and uniquely privileged access to John Williams, his family, friends and musical associates. It is the first telling of the fascinating life and career of a world-renowned musician and, equally, the story of a man and the making of his identity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781849544788
Publisher: Biteback Publishing, Ltd.
Publication date: 10/15/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
File size: 7 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

William Starling: William Starling is a writer and amateur musician.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Preface xi

Introduction xiii

Part 1 Roots

Chapter 1 The Man Who Started it All 3

Chapter 2 Where Gallant Cook from Albion Sailed 21

Chapter 3 London, Flower of Cities 55

Part 2 A Life in Music

Chapter 4 A Prince of the Guitar 85

Chapter 5 John and Julian 117

Chapter 6 New Horizons 131

Chapter 7 Sky's the Limit 165

Chapter 8 The Wide Blue Yonder 211

Chapter 9 Beyond the Millennium 251

Part 3 Strings Attached

Chapter 10 The Bands 267

Chapter 11 Fans, Followers and Detractors 301

Chapter 12 South American Masters 315

Chapter 13 Politics and Causes 331

Chapter 14 A Question of Identity 343

Part 4 Conclusion

Chapter 15 Reflections 351

Appendices 355

A Thoughts from John Williams 357

B In the Den of the Alchemist: - A Visit to Greg Smallman's Workshop 361

C Tools of the Trade 371

D Discography 379

E Links 386

Picture Credits 387

Index 389

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