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The Train in the Night: A Story of Music and Lossby Nick. Coleman
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"Music journalist and first-time author Coleman's memoir of his sudden hearing loss in one ear, and his attempts to deal with a future in which the sound of music — the thing he loves most — has been irrevocably changed, is a fantastic, sad, funny, and, finally, optimistic view of his quest 'to get the music back — or at least to reconnect with it.' One day while having tea with his wife, Coleman hears a soft 'pffff' in his ear, like the sound 'of a kitten dropping on to a pillow' — a sound that evolves after a few days into a 'wild humming' that resounds in his head 'like the inside of an old fridge hooked up to a half-blown amplifier' and affects his ability to listen to his music. He spends three years adapting to his new condition during which time he seeks help from Oliver Sachs, among others. He also considers the ways his life has revolved around music and sound, and these meditations take up the bulk of his memoir. Coleman is remarkably adept at describing the moments of 'hopeless disorientation' he experienced: 'The reactive tinnitus took me close to the threshold of actual physical pain.' He also provides hilarious and astute observations views of many of his albums, such as the Rolling Stones' Goat's Head Soup, which Coleman perfectly describes as sounding 'exactly how a record made on a Caribbean island by a bunch of knackered tax exiles with unlimited access to drugs ought to sound.' Agent: Jenny Hewson and Peter Straus, Rogers, Coleridge and White. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
For thirty years Nick Coleman immersed himself in music, from rocknroll to pro rock,” jazz to classical, until one morning as he sat up in bed, his right ear went stone deaf. His left ear—as though to compensate—started to make horrific noises like the inside of an old fridge hooked up to a half-blown amplifier.”
The Train in the Night explores the world in which a music critic must cope with a world that has abruptly lost its most important element, sound. But Coleman opens more than his struggle; he delves back into his past to examine how music defined his identity, how that identity must be reshaped by its loss, and how at time the memory of the music can be just as powerful as the music itself.
About the Author
Nick Coleman was born in Buckinghamshire, England in1960 and grew up in Fenland, England. He was Music Editor of Time Out magazine for seven years, followed by many years as Arts and Features Editor at The Independent and Independent on Sunday. He has also written for The Times, the Guardian, US Vogue, GQ and many more — mostly about music. He lives in London with his wife and two children.
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