- Paperback: 378 pages
- Publisher: Samuel French; n Reprint edition (March 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0573606048
- ISBN-13: 978-0573606045
- Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.6 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,612,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mr. Antheil's book is more the story of his life than a review of his musical life and compositions. He does discuss the writing of his operas, sometimes in rather tedious detail, but he rarely talks about his compositions with any detail. One interesting comment in the book concerns his Fourth Symphony which had been compared to the music of Dmitri Shostakovich. Mr. Antheil revealed that a good portion of the music came from his opera "Transatlantic" and so pre-dated all of the Shostakovich symphonies. Therefore, any similarities in style are coincidental.
We learn a lot from Mr. Antheil about his life and loves and money worries, and there are some interesting anecdotes about Stravinsky, Hemmingway and James Joyce but Mr. Antheil seldom focuses on his realtionships with other famous people. The chapter about Mr. Antheil and Hedy Lamarr inventing a radio controlled torpedo is very interesting but one is left wondering how they set about designing such a thing.
The book also provides an interesting look at Europe, particularly Germany, after the First World War. "Bad Boy of Music" is entertaining if sometimes a bit rambling at times but if you have an interest in Mr. Antheil's music this book is a must read.
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