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 Posted:   Mar 24, 2020 - 6:49 PM   
 By:   That Neil Guy   (Member)

Didn't see this mentioned. New book titled Music by Max Steiner: The Epic Life of Hollywood's Most Influential Composer.

https://amzn.to/2vLpvyX

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 25, 2020 - 2:05 PM   
 By:   RonBurbella   (Member)

I'm greatly looking forward to this book. Pre-ordered the print edition. Stephen Smith did a great job with Bernard Herrman's biography and I'm sure he will do it again.

It's available in a Kindle edition now, but I don't do Kindle unless I am forced to do it, as with David Raksin's autobiography.

Ron Burbella

 
 Posted:   Mar 26, 2020 - 7:36 AM   
 By:   That Neil Guy   (Member)


It's available in a Kindle edition now, but I don't do Kindle unless I am forced to do it, as with David Raksin's autobiography.

Ron Burbella


I've found that I much prefer Kindle now. I've got multiple hundreds of print books in my house, but I find it so easy and convenient to read on my phone that I now do most of my reading in the Kindle app instead of with an actual book. I never would have imagined that could be the case, and yet here we are.

 
 Posted:   Mar 26, 2020 - 2:50 PM   
 By:   Tom Servo   (Member)


It's available in a Kindle edition now, but I don't do Kindle unless I am forced to do it, as with David Raksin's autobiography.

Ron Burbella


I've found that I much prefer Kindle now. I've got multiple hundreds of print books in my house, but I find it so easy and convenient to read on my phone that I now do most of my reading in the Kindle app instead of with an actual book. I never would have imagined that could be the case, and yet here we are.


I tried going the same route in terms of getting my books on a Kindle or e-reader... and then I would forget that I owned them! It seems that unless its a hard copy sitting on my nightstand or coffee table, I forget I was reading it.

 
 Posted:   Mar 28, 2020 - 12:33 PM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)

I've found that I much prefer Kindle now. I've got multiple hundreds of print books in my house, but I find it so easy and convenient to read on my phone that I now do most of my reading in the Kindle app instead of with an actual book. I never would have imagined that could be the case, and yet here we are.

I tried going the same route in terms of getting my books on a Kindle or e-reader... and then I would forget that I owned them! It seems that unless its a hard copy sitting on my nightstand or coffee table, I forget I was reading it.


Anything I can do some way other than on an electronic device, I much prefer to do it that way. Love real books, hate eye strain and trouble getting to sleep from being on a screen.

 
 Posted:   Mar 28, 2020 - 12:36 PM   
 By:   Ed   (Member)

From Steven C. Smith, author of Bernard Herrmann: A Heart at Fire's Center.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 29, 2020 - 4:42 PM   
 By:   PFK   (Member)

I'm greatly looking forward to this book. On author Steven Smith's Facebook page there is a lot of discussion about it. Amazon still has a release date for the hardcover book on May 1st. Don't miss it!

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 4, 2020 - 4:54 AM   
 By:   chriscoyle   (Member)

There is a review of the book in the WSJ by John Mauceri. I would post a link but the WSJ doesn’t allow you to access their content without subscribing..

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 4, 2020 - 9:01 AM   
 By:   tobid   (Member)

There is a review of the book in the WSJ by John Mauceri. I would post a link but the WSJ doesn’t allow you to access their content without subscribing..

Thanks for the info. WSJ is also currently offering a 3 month subscription for 1$ by the way. smile

Already preordered the eBook edition and after reading Mauceri's review I'm looking forward to it even more.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 4, 2020 - 2:31 PM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

Hey, Ron, thanks for mentioning the Raksin auto-biography. Just a couple of days ago I was reading a mention of it (I think on the Film Music Society website) and wishing it had been published. I don't do Kindle, either, but like you I will gladly put up with it to read Mr. Raksin's memoir.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 5, 2020 - 6:01 AM   
 By:   Rozsaphile   (Member)

You can download a Kindle app that allows you to read Kindle editions on your computer. Unfortunately, the Raksin memoir is a rather muddled assembly of an apparently unfinished text. Naturally it contains interesting material, but reading it is a bit of a chore.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 5, 2020 - 12:17 PM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

Thanks for the warning, John.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 13, 2020 - 4:34 AM   
 By:   FabioS   (Member)

I finished the book and, as expected, it's essential for Max Steiner fans. I love his scores and always considered him a true master of film music, but Steven Smith biography deepened my admiration for his work, showing the circunstances in which it was created and the amount of dedication involved.
The biggest impact, however, was made by the personal aspects of Steiner's life, including serious financial struggles, a painful breakup and a family tragedy.
Max is not very popular (to put it mildly) with a lot of soundtrack collectors and some of the reasons are understandable. I think his legacy is simply astonishing.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 26, 2020 - 9:05 AM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

Anything I can do some way other than on an electronic device, I much prefer to do it that way. Love real books, hate eye strain and trouble getting to sleep from being on a screen.

10-4 Mr. W. Same page as always!

Max is not very popular (to put it mildly) with a lot of soundtrack collectors and some of the reasons are understandable.

razz

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2020 - 9:31 AM   
 By:   PFK   (Member)

I finished the book and, as expected, it's essential for Max Steiner fans. I love his scores and always considered him a true master of film music, but Steven Smith biography deepened my admiration for his work, showing the circunstances in which it was created and the amount of dedication involved.
The biggest impact, however, was made by the personal aspects of Steiner's life, including serious financial struggles, a painful breakup and a family tragedy.
Max is not very popular (to put it mildly) with a lot of soundtrack collectors and some of the reasons are understandable. I think his legacy is simply astonishing.




I agree FabioS. Max was a magnificent film composer. I can't wait for the hard cover book. Amazon still has it listed at a May 1st date. My order is in! smile

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 28, 2020 - 1:47 AM   
 By:   siriami   (Member)

Here in the UK my amazon/UK pre-order still states July 1st for availability. Looking forward to a good read when it arrives.
I did try and order it from the publishers but after two (apparently) failed attempts, I tried to cancel it and got an invoice for two copies. I had to email them and sort it all out. But it hasn't put me off!
Max is still one of the originators of the golden age of film music.

 
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