The latest Vintage Podcast was recorded at a special event to celebrate the work of Haruki Murakami and the music that surrounds him. Listen below to hear the best bits of a great day at Spiritland in London
To celebrate the publication of Haruki Murakami’s Absolutely on Music, VINTAGE held an afternoon of music and discussion at Spiritland in King’s Cross.
This live edition of the VINTAGE Podcast featured James Rhodes, renowned concert pianist and author; Jeremy Warmsley, one half of the band Summer Camp; Suzanne Dean, Creative Director at VINTAGE and Murakami’s UK cover designer; John Mitchinson, Publisher at Unbound; Liz Foley, Murakami’s UK Publisher along with regular hosts Alex Clark and Will Rycroft; all sharing their thoughts on Murakami, music and reading.
Absolutely on Music is transcribed from intimate conversations between Haruki Murakami and acclaimed conductor Seiji Ozawa. They discuss everything from Brahms to Beethoven, from Leonard Bernstein to Glenn Gould, from record collecting to pop-up orchestras, and much more. Ultimately this book gives readers an unprecedented glimpse into the minds of two maestros.
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Due to a production issue copies of the Harvill Secker and Vintage Digital editions of Absolutely on Music: Conversations with Seiji Ozawa by Haruki Murakami and Seiji Ozawa contain some errors, including a small number of typographical mistakes and corrections to the translated text, which were unfortunately omitted.
Harvill Secker and Vintage are therefore immediately recalling all faulty stock and will be replacing those copies with new and corrected editions. Replacement copies are now available to all customers who have purchased a copy of the book between its publication on 15 November 2016 and 25 January 2017.
If you have purchased either a copy of the Harvill Secker hardback/trade paperback or Vintage Digital ebook of Absolutely on Musicand would like a replacement please contact the retailer from which you bought the book with proof of purchase and they will replace it.
We are privileged to publish Haruki Murakamiand Seiji Ozawa and take great pride in our books and the integrity of the text is of the utmost importance to us. We would like to apologise to all our customers, both booksellers and readers, for the delivery of this faulty stock.
An intimate conversation about music and creativity, between the internationally bestselling writer and a world-class conductor.
‘My only purpose in this book was for me, as a music lover, to have a discussion of music with the musician Seiji Ozawa that was as open and honest as possible. I simply wanted to bring out the ways that each of us (though on vastly different levels) is dedicated to music.'
Haruki Murakami's passion for music runs deep. Before turning his hand to writing, he ran a jazz club in Tokyo, and the aesthetic and emotional power of music permeates every one of his much-loved books. Now, in Absolutely on Music, Murakami fulfills a personal dream, sitting down with his friend, acclaimed conductor Seiji Ozawa, to talk about their shared interest.
Transcribed from lengthy conversations about the nature of music and writing, here they discuss everything from Brahms to Beethoven, from Leonard Bernstein to Glenn Gould, from record collecting to pop-up orchestras, and much more. Ultimately this book gives readers an unprecedented glimpse into the minds of two maestros.