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From Beethoven and Tchaikovsky to John Lennon Prince and Kim Gordon, tune in to the evocative expressions of treasured composers, musicians, singers, and songwriters in this enchanting volume from the compiler of the bestselling Letters of Note collections Verdi writes to his publisher about a man who hated Aida so much that he wants his money back. Keith Richards tells his From Beethoven and Tchaikovsky to John Lennon Prince and Kim Gordon, tune in to the evocative expressions of treasured composers, musicians, singers, and songwriters in this enchanting volume from the compiler of the bestselling Letters of Note collections Verdi writes to his publisher about a man who hated Aida so much that he wants his money back. Keith Richards tells his aunt about bumping into a former schoolmate named Mick Jagger, who also loves Chuck Berry. Yo-Yo Ma wonders whether Leonard Bernstein remembers introducing him onstage as a young boy. A Harvard psychiatrist begs CVS to change their on-hold music. Riffing on their passions and surroundings, the artists and entertainers in this volume candidly reveal the sources of their inspiration, what music means to them, why they create it, and so much more. This rich and engaging collection of 30 letters celebrates the resonance that music, in its many forms and variations, brings to our lives.


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From Beethoven and Tchaikovsky to John Lennon Prince and Kim Gordon, tune in to the evocative expressions of treasured composers, musicians, singers, and songwriters in this enchanting volume from the compiler of the bestselling Letters of Note collections Verdi writes to his publisher about a man who hated Aida so much that he wants his money back. Keith Richards tells his From Beethoven and Tchaikovsky to John Lennon Prince and Kim Gordon, tune in to the evocative expressions of treasured composers, musicians, singers, and songwriters in this enchanting volume from the compiler of the bestselling Letters of Note collections Verdi writes to his publisher about a man who hated Aida so much that he wants his money back. Keith Richards tells his aunt about bumping into a former schoolmate named Mick Jagger, who also loves Chuck Berry. Yo-Yo Ma wonders whether Leonard Bernstein remembers introducing him onstage as a young boy. A Harvard psychiatrist begs CVS to change their on-hold music. Riffing on their passions and surroundings, the artists and entertainers in this volume candidly reveal the sources of their inspiration, what music means to them, why they create it, and so much more. This rich and engaging collection of 30 letters celebrates the resonance that music, in its many forms and variations, brings to our lives.

30 review for Letters of Note: Music

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kori May

    This was a wonderful collection. The letters were sweet, funny, angry, and poignant. Looking to reading more collections from the Letters of Note series.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    Great collection of letters covering over two centuries and myriad genres of music which, in many cases, show insight into the human behind the genius. It's a quick read (and hard to put down, once you get started), but there are some great gems that deserve a bit more of a ponder. Several musicians -- new to me -- sounded intriguing enough that I made note to track down their works. [I read a pre-pub version, so I hope the editors will be doing a bit more work. There were lots of typos, includin Great collection of letters covering over two centuries and myriad genres of music which, in many cases, show insight into the human behind the genius. It's a quick read (and hard to put down, once you get started), but there are some great gems that deserve a bit more of a ponder. Several musicians -- new to me -- sounded intriguing enough that I made note to track down their works. [I read a pre-pub version, so I hope the editors will be doing a bit more work. There were lots of typos, including elimination of nearly every occurrence of "ff" and "ft," turning such words as "after" to "aer," and "offering" to "oering."]

  3. 5 out of 5

    Gert De Bie

    Dit kleinnood zou zelfs zijn centjes waard zijn, mocht het boekje alleen uit de brief van Leonard Cohen aan zijn uit het oog verloren muze Marianne bestaan. Zelden (of nooit) kwamen de haren op mijn armen zo overeind bij het lezen. Zelfs nu als ik erover schrijf.... Zes sterren voor die brief. Verder verzamelde Usher de meest uiteenlopende brieven omtrent muziek, die elk om hun eigen redenen lezenswaardig zijn. Ergens blijft het gevoel na zinderen dat er nog krachtigere, leukere of interessantere Dit kleinnood zou zelfs zijn centjes waard zijn, mocht het boekje alleen uit de brief van Leonard Cohen aan zijn uit het oog verloren muze Marianne bestaan. Zelden (of nooit) kwamen de haren op mijn armen zo overeind bij het lezen. Zelfs nu als ik erover schrijf.... Zes sterren voor die brief. Verder verzamelde Usher de meest uiteenlopende brieven omtrent muziek, die elk om hun eigen redenen lezenswaardig zijn. Ergens blijft het gevoel na zinderen dat er nog krachtigere, leukere of interessantere brieven over muziek moeten zijn, maar misschien is het net leuk om het potentieel van briefwisseling op die manier aangereikt te krijgen. Heerlijk boekje!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Simon Sweetman

    It's a website, and so many memes these days - but this book-length selection of the best music Letters of Note was lovely to read in and of itself. Away from the noise of the internet. Some beautiful, funny, wise, madening pieces collected here. It's a website, and so many memes these days - but this book-length selection of the best music Letters of Note was lovely to read in and of itself. Away from the noise of the internet. Some beautiful, funny, wise, madening pieces collected here.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Marika

    Beautiful collection of letters. Would’ve loved to have read more from composers (my personal interest) over more modern musicians. Overall a good balance of both though. Thank you Penguin Books for the finished copy to read and review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie D.E.

    Fun little book. More pop music stuff in here than I was interested in, but still a nice sampling of voices from the world of music.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mike Violano

    This slim volume is an eclectric collection of 30 letters by and about musicians, from fans, flaming critics, and remembering favorite performances has pleasures within. It's a bit like a line from Forrest Gump, "Life is like a box of chocolates", and so is Letters of Note: Music. There's someone for everyone from Keith Richard writing to his dear aunt about Mick Jagger, to gems from Charlie Mingus and John Coltrane, to a child prodigy named Yo-Yo Ma writing to Leonard Bernstein, to Angelique Ki This slim volume is an eclectric collection of 30 letters by and about musicians, from fans, flaming critics, and remembering favorite performances has pleasures within. It's a bit like a line from Forrest Gump, "Life is like a box of chocolates", and so is Letters of Note: Music. There's someone for everyone from Keith Richard writing to his dear aunt about Mick Jagger, to gems from Charlie Mingus and John Coltrane, to a child prodigy named Yo-Yo Ma writing to Leonard Bernstein, to Angelique Kidjo's wonderful public letter to girls of the world. Compiler Shaun Usher began his quest to collect and organize letters from and about all walks of life a few years ago. His website, lettersofnote.com contains samples and announcements of public letter readings by celebs in the UK.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Susanne (Pages of Crime)

    A collection of letters with the central themes of music - it's creation, performance, effects and power. A wonderful letter from Nick Cave made it all the better! A collection of letters with the central themes of music - it's creation, performance, effects and power. A wonderful letter from Nick Cave made it all the better!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Danielle (mistandfiction)

    Not sure how to rate this yet but it was honestly fascinating.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Selene

    I love this series of books! I've read the Art one and this one, and they're both very enjoyable. This volume contains a mixture of lighthearted and serious, old and new letters, from well known musicians. I couldn't believe my eyes as I was reading letter 21, by Rik Mayall to Bob Geldof. Do yourselves a favour and track that down - I found it on the Internet earlier today to read to my family, as I didn't have the book with me. It was shockingly hilarious. I'll surely get more of these books now! I love this series of books! I've read the Art one and this one, and they're both very enjoyable. This volume contains a mixture of lighthearted and serious, old and new letters, from well known musicians. I couldn't believe my eyes as I was reading letter 21, by Rik Mayall to Bob Geldof. Do yourselves a favour and track that down - I found it on the Internet earlier today to read to my family, as I didn't have the book with me. It was shockingly hilarious. I'll surely get more of these books now!

  11. 4 out of 5

    peppersocks

    Reflections and lessons learned: It was an interesting listen at first but not quite the book that I had hoped for as a music fan... some interesting bits about how bitter musicians can be and seasoned composers giving each other 18th century solid burns... and then it hit a streak of absolute perfection - really moving letters and great performances for: Rik Mayall to Bob Geldof Kim Gordon to Karen Carpenter Jon Chu to Coldplay Nick Cave to fan Ptolemy Jarvis Cocker to Iggy Pop I could listen to the Reflections and lessons learned: It was an interesting listen at first but not quite the book that I had hoped for as a music fan... some interesting bits about how bitter musicians can be and seasoned composers giving each other 18th century solid burns... and then it hit a streak of absolute perfection - really moving letters and great performances for: Rik Mayall to Bob Geldof Kim Gordon to Karen Carpenter Jon Chu to Coldplay Nick Cave to fan Ptolemy Jarvis Cocker to Iggy Pop I could listen to the above over and over again for the comfort and love alone ❤️🎵

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mesa Library

    Great collection of letters covering over two centuries and myriad genres of music which, in many cases, show insight into the human behind the genius. It's a quick read (and hard to put down, once you get started), but there are some great gems that deserve a bit more of a ponder. Several musicians -- new to me -- sounded intriguing enough that I made note to track down their works. -Teresa B. Great collection of letters covering over two centuries and myriad genres of music which, in many cases, show insight into the human behind the genius. It's a quick read (and hard to put down, once you get started), but there are some great gems that deserve a bit more of a ponder. Several musicians -- new to me -- sounded intriguing enough that I made note to track down their works. -Teresa B.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mancman

    By its very nature a compilation is going to be hit and miss, but there are more hits than misses in here. It’s a fascinating concept: take a correspondence and republish it. There are all kinds of examples and they offer glimpses into the psyche of individuals, written with love, anger and a multitude of other emotions.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Bobbi Galvin

    I recognized just a few of the musicians in this book, perhaps because the author is from England and I am not as familiar with some of those performers. While I was hoping for more familiar stars, I enjoyed the premise and the format.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Autumn Chuang

    Cute! Artists brains work in different ways. Love discovering the senses of humor and personalities behind iconic music

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jessie

    This is a lovely anthology of letters with a connecting theme of music - very wide-ranging, and offering many perspectives. Gift from Audrey.

  17. 5 out of 5

    June

    This has been such an enjoyable series to review. The letters are unfailingly interesting, although this one features some inclusions that are less about music than musicians and their subjects, such as a pair of short missives between Leonard Cohen and Marianne Ihlen at the end of their lives. From Keith Richards' exuberant report to his aunt that he had begun playing music with Mick Jagger to Helen Keller's experience of Beethoven's 9th at the NYSO to the world's most pretentious Beatles fan ( This has been such an enjoyable series to review. The letters are unfailingly interesting, although this one features some inclusions that are less about music than musicians and their subjects, such as a pair of short missives between Leonard Cohen and Marianne Ihlen at the end of their lives. From Keith Richards' exuberant report to his aunt that he had begun playing music with Mick Jagger to Helen Keller's experience of Beethoven's 9th at the NYSO to the world's most pretentious Beatles fan (anonymous, regrettably) berating Nike for daring to use "Revolution" in a commercial, the letters are are a quick and delightful distraction from real life. Thanks to the publishers and NetGalley for the opportunity to review a digital ARC in exchange for an unbiased review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

  20. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Gilpin

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tobias

  22. 5 out of 5

    Emma Gregory

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tony D

  24. 4 out of 5

    Michael Sobota

  25. 5 out of 5

    Darren Hardy

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ron

  27. 4 out of 5

    Anik

  28. 4 out of 5

    Abby

  29. 5 out of 5

    Daryn

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sueon

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