The writing is dense and initially seems very complex, but it is not.
Julian Johnson confronts the complex issue of the value to society of art music -- and the differences between art music and popular music.
Unfortunately, time does not permit me the luxury of the in-depth critique that this important and useful book does indeed deserve.
It's quite clear that Julian Johnson has a deep understanding and appreciation of Classical Music. It is equally obvious that he doesn't have a clue nor does he seem to care about... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Timothy Bratton
Julian Johnson is a lecturer in music at the University of Oxford; he has also written Classical Music: A Beginner's Guide (Beginners Guide (Oneworld)), Mahler's Voices: Expression... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Steven H Propp
Very intelligently written, at times slightly uneven in quality and occasionally redundant. In my case, I was glad to find someone who shares many of my thoughts (and knows how to... Read morePublished on October 4, 2011 by Witold
No better reply to this book is available than Richard Taruskin's article in The New Republic, where the argument in Johnson's book is shattered to bits, but I do have some points... Read morePublished on November 23, 2010 by Rizgar
Why do classical musicians, the worst offender being Adorno, think it's ok to be almost completely ignorant of popular music when they take it upon themselves to condemn,... Read morePublished on June 23, 2010 by Robert Davidson
I awaited this book with much anticipation, but I have been somewhat disappointed by its contents and style. Read morePublished on August 4, 2008 by Erico Stern