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  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (March 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1432790544
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432790547
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,467,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sam Denov, who retired in 1985, was a percussionist and timpanist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for 31 years after being hired by the CSO's legendary Music Director, Fritz Reiner. That was preceded by three years in the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra and two years in the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared in concert and heard on recordings, radio and television throughout the world. His biographical sketch appeared in Who's Who In America and Who's Who In Entertainment for thirty years. He is also an author, educator, lecturer and union activist, best known as a founder of the International Conference of Symphony & Opera Musicians (ICSOM).

He was a scholarship student of Roy C. Knapp, famous teacher of "Gene" Krupa and many other stellar percussionists. Enlisting in the U.S. Navy during World War II and graduating from the Navy School of Music, he served with the Band of the Commander, Fourth Fleet and the Fleet Air Wing 16 Band.

He graduated from Roosevelt University and also attended the John Marshall Law School. After retiring from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, he became a self-employed labor relations consultant and represented clients before the National Labor Relations Board.

He has authored several books and many articles in trade and scholarly publications. He has also been featured in film and on video by the Zildjian, Yamaha, and the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM).

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RK Jones on April 9, 2012
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I downloaded this book and began reading and reading and reading..... Especially enjoyable was how Mr. Denov wove the poignant life-long journey with his wife Charlotte into almost every chapter, as well as wonderful anecdotes about his family in general. It is nice to know that American family values still exist.

Mr. Denov is truly a man of many talents; not only is he a gifted musician, but he is also an advocate for musicians' rights. Without his many behind-the-scenes efforts, the musicians of today's American orchestras would have a much worse lot in life. My hat is off to Mr. Denov for his diligence and persistence at making working conditions better for all orchestral musicians.

A fun, informative and very enjoyable book to read. A must read for any musician working in one of America's orchestra today.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. M. Williams on May 5, 2012
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Sam Denov has a mind like a steel trap. This beautifully-written memoir traces Denov's journey through his childhood dream of becoming a symphonic musician to its ultimate realization as a member of the famed Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Along the way, he recalls poignant stories of growing up the son of immigrant parents, his experience in the Navy during WWII, and his perseverance climbing the orchestral ladder through San Antonio and Pittsburgh, culminating in his 30+ years with the Chicago Symphony. As with many seasoned musician, he treats the reader to some great conductor stories! Denov's untiring work on behalf of musicians as a labor relations consultant reminds us of the tenuous postion many musicians have traditionally endured, even in the most storied of organizations. Much is to be gained from Denov's perspective today, as economic hardships threaten orchestras everywhere. Throughout the book, Sam recalls vivid details of his experiences. I couldn't put it down!
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Having read Sam's first book, Symphonic Paradox, it was a pleasure to read this latest one. As the widow of Harry Brabec, a Chicago Symphony percussionist who was a friend of Sam's, I knew only about Sam's musical career prior to reading this book. I had no idea what his personal life was like or how hard he had to work to achieve his dream of becoming a professional musician.

Sam's depiction of his life as the child of poor immigrants is a reminder to us all of how difficult life was for many who came to America in the early twenties. Money was hard to come by, but families stayed together and took care of one another. Sam was born in 1923, and his mother died when he was just five. A few months later when the New York Stock Market crashed, his father lost his job. Sam's sister, Sofi, somehow managed to support the whole family on a salary of $18 a week until his oldest brother, Joseph, graduated from high school and found a job. His twin brothers graduated high school in 1935, and when one of them fell in love with the French horn, Sam says this was the first time he had ever heard a live musical instrument being played.

He quickly fell In love with music, and on entering high school in 1937 he signed up for "Orchestra" and decided to become a classical musician. Beginning with the snare drum, he went on to learn to play all the percussion instruments. From that point on, like all serious musicians, he would never stop learning and trying to improve his skills. When he graduated high school at age seventeen, he had no idea what was going to happen next, and had no plans, except that he had already met Charlotte, the woman he knew he wanted to marry. As for a career in music, however, this was still just a dream.
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By rich on August 27, 2012
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Small disclaimer - although we've been out of touch for many years, I knew Sam Denov during my high school and college years at the summer Ravinia seasons of the Chicago Symphony. I was and am a brass player, but Sam was one of a number of CSO musicians from various sections whom I came to know personally and I was particularly impressed by Sam's very special flare and style of cymbal playing. He was an integral part of the overall culture of excellence that have made the Chicago Symphony the world class orchestra it has been for so many years.

In Boom and Crash Musician, Sam makes, one might say, an open book of his whole life. In a style somewhat like an after-the-fact diary, he begins with his earliest memories and takes us to the present at which he views the onset his ninth decade at close range. Along the way we get a look at a Chicago that no longer exists as he knew it, a city before expressways, a city of quaint immigrant neighborhoods linked by an efficient network of street cars that could take you anywhere. I was touched by his wide-eyed impression of the classical musical holdings he discovered at the Chicago Public Library. It exactly matched my own experience when I first went there.

Sam was the product of an era before the cattle call audition, when a personal recommendation or a private audition of a very few known commodities would allow one to gain entry to the orchestra profession. On the other hand, there were few orchestras where a musician could make a decent living or enjoy even a modicum of job security. Sam was destined perhaps to become one of the leaders in the movement to organize classical musicians into a force that orchestra boards and managements, as well as the Musicians Union itself would have to reckon with.
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