Saturday 7th November, 2.15pm GMT
When Paul Morley set himself the task choosing the final piece of music he would ever listen to, he realised that he had stopped being surprised by modern pop music.
He found himself retreating into the sounds of artists he loved when, as an emerging music journalist in the 70s, he wrote for NME. But not wishing to give in to dreary nostalgia, endlessly circling back to the bands he wrote about in the past, he went searching for something new, rare and wondrous – and found it in classical music.
A Sound Mind is a multi-layered memoir of Morley’s shifting musical tastes, but it is also a compelling 500-year history of classical music: from Bach to Shostakovich, Brahms to Birtwistle, Mozart to Cage, travelling from eighteenth century salons to the modern age of Spotify. A soaring polemic, a grumpy reflection on modern rock, and a fan’s love note, it rejects the idea that classical music is establishment; old; a drag. Instead, the book reveals this genre to be the most exciting and varied in music.
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Paul Morley grew up in Stockport, Cheshire, and has worked as a music journalist, pop Svengali and broadcaster. He is the author of a number of books on music – Ask: The Chatter of Pop, Words and Music: A History of Pop in the Shape of a City, Joy Division: Piece by Piece and Joy Division: Fragments – as well as an acclaimed memoir of his early years, Nothing. He has written for a number of publications, including the New Statesman, the Sunday Telegraph, NME, the Observer and the Guardian.