Synopses & Reviews
In a remarkable memoir written with insight and humor, Glenn Kurtz takes us from his first lessons at the age of eight to his acceptance at the elite New England Conservatory of Music. After graduation, heattempts a solo career in Vienna but soon realizes that he has neither the ego nor the talent required to succeed and gives up the instrument, and his dream, entirely.
But not forever: Returning to theguitar, Kurtz weaves into the narrative the rich experience of a single practice session. Practicing takes us on a revelatory, inspiring journey: a love affair withmusic.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Describes growing up as a young classical guitar prodigy, the abandonment of his instrument and his dreams of becoming a leading artist at the age of twenty-five after he realizes that he has neither the ego nor the talent required to succeed at the upper echelons of the music world, and the motivations that led him to rediscover his passion for the guitar years later. 25,000 first printing.
About the Author
Glenn Kurtz holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Stanford University and has taught at San Francisco State University, California College of the Arts, and Stanford. He divides his time between San Francisco and New York.