PLEASE DON'T HATE ME by

PLEASE DON'T HATE ME

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This mediocre biography of the man who wrote the music for such movies as High Noon, The Friendly Persuasion, and The High and the Mighty is an anecdotal account of ""famous people I have known"" in the fields of classical music and popular entertainment. Living in Russia for his first 20 years, Tiomkin tells of his contacts with Shostakovitch, Glazunov, and Prokofiev at the St. Petersburg Conservatory; with Busoni in Berlin, where he found a temporary home two years after the Bolshevik revolution; and arriving ultimately in America, he speaks of Morris Gest, the Gershwins, and Hollywood notables of the past 30 years. The most colorful and interesting sections of this book are the early ones, which recreate quite honestly the temper of the young artistic circle in St. Petersburg under the last Tsarist regime; however, except for those who dote upon gossip about celebrities, the remainder of Tiomkin's leisurely rambling is bland and tedious reading.

Pub Date: Nov. 5th, 1959
Publisher: Doubleday