NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER â€˘ The Pulitzer Prizeâ€“winning journalist and editor of The New Yorker gathers his writing on some of the essential musicians of our timeâ€”intimate portraits of Leonard Cohen, Buddy Guy, Mavis Staples, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, and more.
The greatest popular songs, whether itâ€™s Aretha Franklin singing â€śRespectâ€ť or Bob Dylan performing â€śBlind Willie McTell,â€ť have a way of embedding themselves in our memories. You remember a time and a place and a feeling when you hear that song again. In Holding the Note, David Remnick writes about the lives and work of some of the greatest musicians, songwriters, and performers of the past fifty years.
He portrays a series of musical lives and their unique encounters with the passing of that essential element of music: time. From Cohenâ€™s performing debut, when his stage fright was so debilitating he couldnâ€™t get through â€śSuzanne,â€ť to Franklinâ€™s iconic mink-drop at the Kennedy Center, Holding the Note delivers a view of some of the greatest creative minds of our time written with a lifetimeâ€™s passionate attachment to music that has shaped us all.