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A Lasting Record by Stephen Downes

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July–August 2013, no. 353
On and off the record

A Lasting Record

by Stephen Downes

HarperCollins, $29.99 pb, 314 pp, 9780732294847

A Lasting Record by Stephen Downes

Reviewed by
July–August 2013, no. 353

In A Lasting Record, journalist and food writer Stephen Downes recounts the serendipitous tale of an eccentric music lover from Melbourne who, with a primitive home recording device, captured the only extant recording of American pianist William Kapell’s final performance. Downes vacillates between biography, literature, diary, and musicological critique.

On and off the record

A Lasting Record

by Stephen Downes

HarperCollins, $29.99 pb, 314 pp, 9780732294847

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