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Born in China to parents whose musical careers were interrupted by the Cultural Revolution, Lang Lang has emerged as one of the greatest pianists of our time. Yet despite his fame, few in the West know of the heart-wrenching journey from his early childhood as a prodigy in an industrial city in northern China to his difficult years in Beijing to his success today.

Journey of a Thousand Miles documents the remarkable, dramatic story of a family who sacrificed almost everything — his parents' marriage, financial security, Lang Lang's childhood, and their reputation in China's insular classical music world — for the belief in a young boy's talent. And it reveals the devastating and intense relationship between a boy and his father, who was willing to go to any length to make his son a star.

An engaging, informative cultural commentator who bridges East and West, Lang Lang has written more than an autobiography: his book opens a door to China, where Lang Lang is a cultural icon, at a time when the world's attention will be on Beijing. Written with David Ritz, the coauthor of many bestselling autobiographies, Journey of a Thousand Miles is an inspiring story that will give readers an appreciation for the courage and sacrifice it takes to achieve greatness.

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"The hottest artist on the classical music planet may well be the Chinese pianist Lang Lang...the darling of fans worldwide." The New York Times

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"A true rags-to-riches story told with fervor and variety." Kirkus Reviews

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This inspiring biography documents the remarkable story of a boy and his father who sacrificed almost everything — family, financial security, and their reputation in China's insular classical music world — for the belief in a young boy's talent.

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“Number One” was a phrase my fatherand, for that matter, my motherrepeated time and time again. It was a phrase spoken by my parents friends and by their friends children. Whenever adults discussed the great Chinese painters and sculptors from the ancient dynasties, there was always a single artist named as Number One. There was the Number One leader of a manufacturing plant, the Number One worker, the Number One scientist, the Number One car mechanic. In the culture of my childhood, being best was everything. It was the goal that drove us, the motivation that gave life meaning. And if, by chance or fate or the blessings of the generous universe, you were a child in whom talent was evident, Number One became your mantra. It became mine. I never begged my parents to take off the pressure. I accepted it; I even enjoyed it. It was a game, this contest among aspiring pianists, and although I may have been shy, I was bold, even at age five, when faced with a field of rivals.

Born in China to parents whose musical careers were interrupted by the Cultural Revolution, Lang Lang has emerged as one of the greatest pianists of our time. Yet despite his fame, few in the West know of the heart-wrenching journey from his early childhood as a prodigy in an industrial city in northern China to his difficult years in Beijing to his success today.

Journey of a Thousand Miles documents the remarkable, dramatic story of a family who sacrificed almost everythinghis parents marriage, financial security, Lang Langs childhood, and their reputation in Chinas insular classical music worldfor the belief in a young boys talent. And it reveals the devastating and intense relationship between a boy and his father, who was willing to go to any length to make his son a star.

An engaging, informative cultural commentator who bridges East and West, Lang Lang has written more than an autobiography: his book opens a door to China, where Lang Lang is a cultural icon, at a time when the worlds attention will be on Beijing. Written with David Ritz, the coauthor of many bestselling autobiographies, Journey of a Thousand Miles is an inspiring story that will give readers an appreciation for the courage and sacrifice it takes to achieve greatness.

About the Author

Lang Lang was born in 1982 in Shenyang, China. He has played with the leading orchestras in all of the major concert halls throughout the world.

David Ritz is a bestselling music writer who has cowritten autobiographies with Ray Charles, Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin, and B.B. King, among others.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385524568
Subtitle:
My Story
Author:
Lang Lang and David Ritz
With:
Ritz, David
Author:
Lang Lang with David Ritz
Author:
Ritz, David
Author:
Lang Lang
Publisher:
Spiegel & Grau
Subject:
General
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - Classical Instrumentalists
Subject:
Pianists
Subject:
Lang, Lang
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - General
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Composers & Musicians
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20080715
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
15 BandW PHOTOS
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.48x6.42x.89 in. 1.10 lbs.

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Product details 256 pages Spiegel & Grau - English 9780385524568 Reviews:
"Review" by , "The hottest artist on the classical music planet may well be the Chinese pianist Lang Lang...the darling of fans worldwide."
"Review" by , "A true rags-to-riches story told with fervor and variety."
"Synopsis" by , This inspiring biography documents the remarkable story of a boy and his father who sacrificed almost everything — family, financial security, and their reputation in China's insular classical music world — for the belief in a young boy's talent.
"Synopsis" by , “Number One” was a phrase my fatherand, for that matter, my motherrepeated time and time again. It was a phrase spoken by my parents friends and by their friends children. Whenever adults discussed the great Chinese painters and sculptors from the ancient dynasties, there was always a single artist named as Number One. There was the Number One leader of a manufacturing plant, the Number One worker, the Number One scientist, the Number One car mechanic. In the culture of my childhood, being best was everything. It was the goal that drove us, the motivation that gave life meaning. And if, by chance or fate or the blessings of the generous universe, you were a child in whom talent was evident, Number One became your mantra. It became mine. I never begged my parents to take off the pressure. I accepted it; I even enjoyed it. It was a game, this contest among aspiring pianists, and although I may have been shy, I was bold, even at age five, when faced with a field of rivals.

Born in China to parents whose musical careers were interrupted by the Cultural Revolution, Lang Lang has emerged as one of the greatest pianists of our time. Yet despite his fame, few in the West know of the heart-wrenching journey from his early childhood as a prodigy in an industrial city in northern China to his difficult years in Beijing to his success today.

Journey of a Thousand Miles documents the remarkable, dramatic story of a family who sacrificed almost everythinghis parents marriage, financial security, Lang Langs childhood, and their reputation in Chinas insular classical music worldfor the belief in a young boys talent. And it reveals the devastating and intense relationship between a boy and his father, who was willing to go to any length to make his son a star.

An engaging, informative cultural commentator who bridges East and West, Lang Lang has written more than an autobiography: his book opens a door to China, where Lang Lang is a cultural icon, at a time when the worlds attention will be on Beijing. Written with David Ritz, the coauthor of many bestselling autobiographies, Journey of a Thousand Miles is an inspiring story that will give readers an appreciation for the courage and sacrifice it takes to achieve greatness.

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