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Adams, John. HALLELUJAH JUNCTION: COMPOSING AN AMERICAN LIFE. New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2008. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 340 pages. As New/As New.

The author's debut memoir. Now considered a contemporary classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Presents one of the finest memoirs by a serious composer since well, Berlioz's. "Best-known for his ground-breaking musical works, 'Nixon in China' and 'The Death of Klinghoffer', Adams helped shape the landscape of contemporary classical music. Combining the narrative power of opera, the atonal themes of 20th-century classical music, the spooky modulations of jazz, and the complex rhythms of the Beatles, Adams created a new music that could express the fractiousness of the political scene of the 1960's and 1970's. Adams deftly chronicles his life and times, providing along the way an incisive exploration of the creative process. Adams' searingly introspective autobiography reveals the workings of a brilliant musical mind responsible for some of contemporary America's most inventive and original music" (Publishers Weekly). Actually, John Adams is much more than just a brilliant musical mind. By his own account, Adams found his voice by fusing The Old (European classical music) with The New (American jazz and popular music) in ways that were literally unheard-of before he came along. In the process, he has become possibly the greatest living American composer. A "must-have" title for John Adams and contemporary music collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by John Adams. It is Adams' single most beautiful specimen-signature we have ever seen. He did not tour for the book but made a few appearances to talk about it. This title is now highly collectible. This is one of extremely few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. Almost all other copies available online are subsequent printings and have no collectible value. A rare signed copy thus. One of the greatest living composers. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER COPY OF THIS TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0374281157. $250.00

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