- Published: 04/07/2019
- ISBN: 9781783783373
- 496 pages
When Words Fail
Can music make the world a better place? Can it really ‘belong’ to anyone? Can the magic, mystery and incertitude of music – of the human brain meeting or making sound – can it stop wars, rehabilitate the broken, unite, educate or inspire?
From Jimi Hendrix playing ‘Machine Gun’ at The Isle of Wight Festival in 1970 to the Bataclan under siege in 2015, Ed Vulliamy has lived the music, met the legends, and asked, when words fail, might we turn to music? There’s only one way to find out, and that is to listen…
Intriguing, deeply felt
Graeme Thompson, Mail on Sunday
An ambitious exploration of the soundtrack of Vulliamy's eventful life and how much music inspired him
Mark Brennock, Irish Times
Wise and wonderful
Ed Vulliamy on Granta.com
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