BAD BOY OF MUSIC by George Antheil


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The amusing, sometimes amazing autobiography of the modern musician, George Antheil, which lacks the bright, smart touches of Oscar Levant's Smattering of Ignorance but has a considerable, irresponsible vivacity. How Antheil, tracking a girl, went to Berlin as a concert pianist at 21, stayed on the continent to compose, became a protege of Stravinsky, fell in love with Hungarian Boski whom he eventually married, went to live on the Left Bank in Paris -- with Pound and Cocteau, Joyce and Hemingway as confreres, was deflated by his first American appearance at Carnegie Hall, eventually came back to U. S. after Hitler came into power and went to Hollywood, wrote for Esquire, invented a radio -- directed torpedo with Hedy Lamarr, composed minor movie stuff until he decided to abandon the flesh and money pots for serious music once again. Personal history which is lively, serious to curious, with a certain big-name appeal.

Pub Date: Nov. 15th, 1945
Publisher: Doubleday, Doran