When Musical Theater Could Rock the Boat

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passport_Marc-Blitzstein-His-Life-His-Work-His-World-74189Marc Blitzstein: His Life, His Work, His World
by Howard Pollack
Oxford University Press. 618 pages, $39.95

 

GROWING UP in a leftist family in the 1950s, my cultural education included lectures given by my mother on the connection between politics and the arts. She would tell me of her experiences as a young socialist during the 1930s attending politi- cal theater in New York City. Her favorite socially conscious composer was Marc Blitzstein. Howard Pollack, professor of music at the University of Houston, has written a comprehensive biography that opens a window onto the creative genius of Blitzstein while offering a thorough study of his innovative music.

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