Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Naked on the Bench: My Adventures in Pianoland Paperback – September 22, 2013
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
"Her book is full of funny narratives about a young woman who is not only passionate about her art but also about life...Indeed, this memoir is a must-read for all who are trying to find their place in the world. In the end, one cannot help but admire Spielberg's drive and determination, not only to reach the pinnacle of success but most especially to find the real measure of her triumphs."-Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite
From the Back Cover
"Who does she think she is, anyway? She's Robin Spielberg, that's who! You'll bask in the glow of Spielberg's spotlight as you follow her gutsy journey from precocious New Jersey school girl to international piano star.-Robin Meloy Goldsby, author of "Piano Girl" and "Waltz of the Asparagus People"
"A wonderfully detailed portrait of the artist...captivating descriptions and beautifully paced flashes of humor and pathos..."-Marion Winik, author of "Highs in the Low Fifties"
"Whimsical and charming, Naked on the Bench reveals that an open heart and sense of humor are essential companions for living life and making art. Robin Spielberg's words are as inspiring as her music!"
-Jenn Gordon, Steinway & Sons, Concert & Artists Dept.
"Irreverent, brave, funny and heart-breaking, "Naked on the Bench" has the appeal of a page turner, the depth of an autobiography, and the lessons from a true artist. It's a wonderful lesson wrapped in a treat." -Felicity Huffman, Oscar nominee/Emmy & Golden Globe-winning actress
Naked on the Bench chronicles Robin Spielberg's journey as accomplished pianist, composer, actor, entrepreneur, producer and touring musician. Her tales from childhood, years as an aspiring actress in New York City and travels as a musician alternate between poignant and hilariously absurd. Whether studying with David Mamet or performing for news anchor Peter Jennings, in her elusive quest for a measurement of success Robin stumbles upon the secret to her dreams in the most unlikely of places.
If you buy a new print edition of this book (or purchased one in the past), you can buy the Kindle edition for only $2.99 (Save 70%). Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. Learn more.
For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases now lets you buy the Kindle edition for $2.99 or less. (Textbooks available for $9.99 or less.)
Top Customer Reviews
Next, a brutally honest look about what it means to try to turn a passion for the arts into a career...in this case acting. This book should be given to every young aspiring actor to see what it REALLY means to try to make a career in it.
Finally, as Robin learns to make a career out of music, what it REALLY means to be a professional performing artist. It breaks open imagined story book tales of glamour, and shows the nuts and bolts of what it's about.
Throughout she shares her experiences and what she learns with lots of humor (I literally LOLed...a lot!), with compassion, and incredible intimacy. She really lays bare her soul. If you're familiar with her music or have been to her concerts you will know what I mean. And if you're not, you're in for a treat as you discover this beautiful person who magnanimously shares her window on life with us...after all, isn't that what being an artist is about?
The book begins with a recurring childhood dream where Robin discovers secret rooms inside her piano and is able to meet regularly with a grandfather she had never met and to hear him play. From those magical moments, we travel through the life of a budding artist from her hyperactive childhood thinking everyone must have an orchestra playing in their heads like she did to the poised and polished concert artist she is now. Quite a few chapters recount the years in New York City when Robin played in upscale piano rooms during much of the day and acted in theater productions by night. One of the founding members of the Atlantic Theater Company, she was able to juggle her pianist and acting selves for an impressive period of time, and many of those stories are enlightening, laugh-out-loud funny, and tear-jerking - some all at the same time! Robin also tells her very human stories of love lost, true love found, and the miracle of her daughter, Valerie.Read more ›
More than an exciting journey, I found nuggets of wisdom which Robin relayed from her mentors and sometimes from her own experience. "Already there" has become my new mantra. And I need to have Robin's courage to allow my soul to be "naked on the bench".
Having been privileged to accompany Robin on her piano pilgrimage, I can now listen to and play her music with fresh insight.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An excellent and engaging memoir, written in a personable and believable style. As a pianist, I could relate to many of Robin's stories, yet one would not need a musical background... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Neil Patton
I highly recommend this book. Ms. Spielberg is a magnificent story teller. I get as if I was right there with her as she would play piano for large groups, or at one point, a... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Laura
I really enjoyed Robin's book - but I love everything about pianos!Published 15 months ago by JazzGirl
super book by a great pianist.....very funny.....just like being with her at one of her concerts!!!Published 18 months ago by Dotty Duval
I really enjoyed all of Robin's stories in this book especially the one about her getting kidnapped. Not sure I would have been so calm on the outside. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Melissa K.
Truly an enjoyable read! Robin Spielberg is a true master of storytelling!Published 20 months ago by Patty
It helps to be a fan of this lovely lady, and I am. Her music has given me and my late wife many hours of pleasure. Read morePublished on July 10, 2014 by Paul D. Noble
This is a wonderful story behind the making of a professional pianist, a collection of vignettes that lets the reader feel the emotional roller coaster endured by this performing... Read morePublished on March 19, 2014 by Ken B
I just got through reading this book and want to comment on how much I enjoyed reading it. It held my attention throughout and the authors warmth, personality, sense of humor and... Read morePublished on March 17, 2014 by Nime