by James Rhodes
Editor: Canongate Books Ltd
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James Rhodes passion for music was his absolute lifelineHe was the thread that occupied him through a life that encompassed pain, conflict and upheaval.Listening to Rachmaninoff on a loop like a teenage traumatism or the discovery of a Bach Adagio, while in a hospital room – exquisite miracles of musical genius enabled him to survive his demons, and along with a meeting with an unknown person, who inspired him to become the famous concert pianist, he is todayIt’s a memory unlike any other: typically frank, outspoken, bold and surprisingly funny – Jacques-de-la prose is shot down with much more bite in mind, even in the darkest moments.A vibrant tribute to the therapeutic power of music, Instrumental also weaves fascinating facts about how classical music really works and the extraordinary lives of some of the great composers.He explains why and how music has the potential to transform everyone’s life.
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