On and off the record

On and off the record

A Lasting Record

by Stephen Downes

HarperCollins, $29.99 pb, 314 pp, 9780732294847

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.

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Alistaire Bowler

Alistaire Bowler

Alistaire Bowler, after studying the piano with the late Geoffrey Tozer and finding that he had no talent for the thing whatsoever, read musicology at the University of Melbourne, completing his Bachelor of Music in 2010.

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