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 Posted:   Jun 17, 2020 - 10:49 PM   
 By:   stephenbutler60   (Member)

I don't know if I'm allowed to post a brief review of this book, but I received the Kindle copy of the book some weeks ago, and I am awaiting the hardback copy also. I think I've read the Kindle edition around four times now, so I think I know it. It's quite simply the most entertaining biography of a screen composer I have yet read. I believe it's coming out in hardcover right about now. I was a fan of Mr Smith ever since I read his volume about Bernard Herrmann back in the 1990s (so long ago...) and I've been a fan of Steiner's music for much longer than that! I love writing and music which bring not only their subjects but their writers to life, too. Steven Smith does that in his writing and Steiner does that in his music. I had always wondered why it was that Steiner received so little in the way of biographical attention, so you can imagine the joy I felt when I heard that these two magical forces would be combining and Max would finally get the biography he both needed and deserved.

Future students of Steiner's music will have Mr Smith's book as the resource I so badly needed when I was writing a dissertation on Steiner thirty years ago.

As you can see, I'm not a reviewer by trade, I just wanted to share my excitement about this fabulous book. I hope you don't mind.

Cheers,
Stephen Butler x

 
 Posted:   Jun 17, 2020 - 11:08 PM   
 By:   Traveling Matt   (Member)

https://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=140513

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 18, 2020 - 7:27 AM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

Hey Stephen, I ain't no reviewer by trade either but that hasn't stopped me from playing one at this place. Thanks for your recommendation. I know I will get this bio sooner or later. Really enjoyed Smith's Herrmann treatment.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 18, 2020 - 10:44 AM   
 By:   tiomkinfan   (Member)

I enjoyed this book more than the one on Hermann. He offers us a picture of not only Steiner, but how he fit into the times he was living in as well as the studio environment he worked in. Highly recommended! Now I hope "The Newmans of Hollywood" will see the light of day

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 19, 2020 - 12:00 PM   
 By:   roy phillippe   (Member)

I don't know if I'm allowed to post a brief review of this book, but I received the Kindle copy of the book some weeks ago, and I am awaiting the hardback copy also. I think I've read the Kindle edition around four times now, so I think I know it. It's quite simply the most entertaining biography of a screen composer I have yet read. I believe it's coming out in hardcover right about now. I was a fan of Mr Smith ever since I read his volume about Bernard Herrmann back in the 1990s (so long ago...) and I've been a fan of Steiner's music for much longer than that! I love writing and music which bring not only their subjects but their writers to life, too. Steven Smith does that in his writing and Steiner does that in his music. I had always wondered why it was that Steiner received so little in the way of biographical attention, so you can imagine the joy I felt when I heard that these two magical forces would be combining and Max would finally get the biography he both needed and deserved.

Future students of Steiner's music will have Mr Smith's book as the resource I so badly needed when I was writing a dissertation on Steiner thirty years ago.

As you can see, I'm not a reviewer by trade, I just wanted to share my excitement about this fabulous book. I hope you don't mind.

Cheers,
Stephen Butler x


I found it interesting that Steiner and W.C. Fields were friends early in their careers while in England.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 20, 2020 - 9:31 AM   
 By:   PFK   (Member)

I enjoyed this book more than the one on Hermann. He offers us a picture of not only Steiner, but how he fit into the times he was living in as well as the studio environment he worked in. Highly recommended! Now I hope "The Newmans of Hollywood" will see the light of day



I too am greatly enjoying the Max Steiner book. Please try to support this book so others will follow. It's one terrific book.

"The Newmans of Hollywood" was supposed to come out many many years ago! Will we ever see it? Could John Burlingame update us? It would be an instant-buy for me!

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 20, 2020 - 10:05 PM   
 By:   stephenbutler60   (Member)

Thank you all so much for your kind responses to my "review," and I'm also glad that the responses to this book have been overwhelmingly positive. I was at the last Max Steiner symposium back in November, before we all got locked down, and I saw Steven give a talk about this book. When I first discovered Steiner's music, there was almost nothing in print about him. There was no internet. There was a guy who lived just a few miles from me, it turned out, in London called Brian Reeve who ran the Max Steiner Music Society in the UK, he sent me some stuff, and that was it.

Fast forward thirty-plus years, and we now have such a magnificent book, I'm certain Max would be proud of it. The book sifts through some of the "legends" surrounding Max's life, and makes sense of some of those legends that didn't make sense before.

Steiner is definitely my favourite composer, without a doubt. That's not putting anybody else down, I'm not into that, everyone has their favourite, and all for very valid reasons. And I love other composers for different reasons, too. But for years, I was thinking, where is that book on Steiner? And now, here it is. x

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 20, 2020 - 10:11 PM   
 By:   stephenbutler60   (Member)

By the way, about that Newmans book, that's almost a 20-year wait for that one... some of us may not live long enough to see that book! What happened? x

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 21, 2020 - 12:22 AM   
 By:   Loverozsa   (Member)

An outstanding book! Highly recommended.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 22, 2020 - 8:20 AM   
 By:   PFK   (Member)

An outstanding book! Highly recommended.



I agree! Long overdue, I'm reading it everyday. A lot of research went into it. I encourage others to purchase this outstanding book.

 
 Posted:   Jun 22, 2020 - 7:04 PM   
 By:   W. David Lichty [Lorien]   (Member)

Just posted, this interview with Mr. Smith about this book:

https://www.nitrateville.com/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=30174&sid=f983de7b0f985b69c74dbebed6bc9c6a

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2020 - 9:38 AM   
 By:   CameronHeath   (Member)

Great interview. A very cool book. And I really liked the interview. I hope that I will be able to write as good sometime. In the meantime, I only write for college about social media and popular culture. Recently using https://phdessay.com/free-essays-on/social-media/ I wrote a student paper on this topic. I talked about the connection between music and social media these days. And that is very interesting topic.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 10, 2020 - 2:12 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Got this book as a gift and couldn't help pulling out my Max Steiner The RKO Years BYU CD box to play along with many of the earlier chapters. Enhances the experience greatly. Shocked that the only available copy I could find out there is going for $200. There is a purchase I will never regret.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 12, 2020 - 7:39 PM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

Just got mine as a gift, too (well, gift card gift to myself). Just read the Foreword, made me feel proud to be a member of this community for helping contribute to the very awareness Mr. Giddins expounds upon. As for the Prologue--the titles, the titles! You gotta be kidding. And there's more. A lot more! This is going to be a fun read. And joyous.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2020 - 7:06 PM   
 By:   JEC   (Member)

Got this book as a gift and couldn't help pulling out my Max Steiner The RKO Years BYU CD box to play along with many of the earlier chapters. Enhances the experience greatly. Shocked that the only available copy I could find out there is going for $200. There is a purchase I will never regret.

Copies sold for $299 and $329 on Amazon within the past six months. Almost impossible to find now.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2020 - 6:25 AM   
 By:   jkannry   (Member)

Got this book as a gift and couldn't help pulling out my Max Steiner The RKO Years BYU CD box to play along with many of the earlier chapters. Enhances the experience greatly. Shocked that the only available copy I could find out there is going for $200. There is a purchase I will never regret.

Copies sold for $299 and $329 on Amazon within the past six months. Almost impossible to find now.


Just buy an ebook. Plenty of copies. https://books.apple.com/us/book/music-by-max-steiner/id1503018888

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2020 - 10:22 AM   
 By:   bagby   (Member)

Got this book as a gift and couldn't help pulling out my Max Steiner The RKO Years BYU CD box to play along with many of the earlier chapters. Enhances the experience greatly. Shocked that the only available copy I could find out there is going for $200. There is a purchase I will never regret.

Copies sold for $299 and $329 on Amazon within the past six months. Almost impossible to find now.


Just buy an ebook. Plenty of copies. https://books.apple.com/us/book/music-by-max-steiner/id1503018888


I believe the $299 and $399 reference is to the out of print RKO Years BYU CD box, not the newly released book.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2020 - 12:04 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

These RKO boxes do go for semi-reasonable prices if you keep feelers out:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Max-Steiner-The-RKO-Years-1929-1936-CD-Limited-Edition-Rare-Excellent-Condition/363079307919?hash=item548936928f:g:x58AAOSwJ5VfOzb7

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2020 - 6:54 AM   
 By:   cinemel1255   (Member)

Just got mine as a gift, too (well, gift card gift to myself). Just read the Foreword, made me feel proud to be a member of this community for helping contribute to the very awareness Mr. Giddins expounds upon. As for the Prologue--the titles, the titles! You gotta be kidding. And there's more. A lot more! This is going to be a fun read. And joyous.

Just received the book a couple of days ago. Steiner is one of my favorites. Started reading and find the early chapters about his upbringing and family fascinating. Looking forward to the rest of the story. I noticed that all of his scores are listed chronologically as relevant in each chapter.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2020 - 7:07 AM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

Book report due within a Zoom or two! smile

 
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