Bestselling journalist, Bob Spitz tells the story of the great '70s band in Led Zeppelin: The Biography and will share with Brendan Toller.

Publishing at the 50th anniversary of the band’s legendary rock hit “Stairway to Heaven”, Led Zeppelin is the full and honest reckoning the band has long awaited, and richly deserves. Unlike previous works on Led Zeppelin, Spitz’s book is full of first-person accounts of key events from those who closely participated in the band’s story. Spitz conducted over 150 interviews with friends, colleagues, executives, even groupies, who shared detailed inside accounts of the band’s exploits — everything from who really stole the money at the Drake Hotel robbery, to the step-by-step creation of their albums.

“ Books on popular culture simply don’t get any better than this . . . . Every detail, from their
formation via leader Jimmy Page’s Yardbirds to their last show, in Munich, in 1979—the recordings,
the live shows, the business, the debauchery, the way it all landed in the world—is explored with sophistication. And the book makes a serious contribution to the #MeToo canon.” —Sheila Weller, author of Girls Like Us

“Wielding his signature tools of meticulous reporting, piercing analysis and trenchant writing, Bob Spitz proves again that he’s a modern master of cultural biography. . . . Spitz goes deeper and sees more clearly than any previous biographer, and his storytelling powers make it spellbinding.” Peter Carlin, author of Bruce and Sonic Boom

This is a virtual event, please register. Bookplate signed copies are available for purchase.  

Bob Spitz is the award-winning author of the biographies The Beatles and Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child, both New York Times bestsellers, as well as six other nonfiction books and a screenplay. He helped manage Bruce Springsteen and Elton John at crucial points in their careers. He’s written hundreds of major profiles of figures ranging from Keith Richards to Jane Fonda, from Paul McCartney to Paul Bowles.

Brendan Toller is a New York City and New Haven, CT based filmmaker, musician & artist. Brendan’s film work (I Need That Record!, Danny Says) has been featured in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, Wire, Pitchfork, The Onion and Dazed & Confused Korea.

 


History of Music
Rock and Roll History, 1950-1980
Rock and Roll History, 1980-Present

Did you know September is Classical Music Month? Explore the musical work and creative process of Arturo Toscanini through the eyes of first violinist, Samuel Antek. His daughter and co-author, Lucy Antek Johnson, will be in conversation with Mary-Lou Weisman about these two men and the powerful impact they made on her life and the world of classical music.

Johnson's new book, This Was Toscanini: The Maestro, My Father and Me, is an expanded edition of her father’s original, intimate, behind-the-scenes musical memoir about his 17 years playing under the baton of the legendary conductor, Arturo Toscanini – once considered the most famous man in the world.

Register to attend in person or online. Books are available for sale!

Samuel Antek's book takes us behind the scenes during hundreds of rehearsals, concerts, tours and often grueling recording sessions as though we’re actually sitting among the players. Illustrated by Robert Hupka’s iconic candid photographs of Toscanini in action, the reader is witness to Toscanini’s painstaking and often explosive process of making beautiful music.

Johnson’s newly written essays introducing her father’s original chapters highlight his own musical rise from first violinist to conductor and musical director of major American orchestras, while sharing her own reflections of what it was like to grow up with such a gifted father and the impact that Toscanini had on their family and her father’s career, creating a remarkable contemporary look into a unique era in classical music history.

Read a review of This Was Toscanini.

Lucy Antek Johnson, Samuel Antek's daughter, was born and raised in New York City. After studying music, fine art, and ballet, she was drawn to the world of television production and spent her entire career in the entertainment industry, working with such producers as Martin Charnin, Harry Belafonte, David Susskind, and Roone Arledge. When she moved to Los Angeles in 1978, she produced movies for television, then joined NBC as a network executive. She soon worked her way up to senior vice president of daytime and children's programs for CBS, a position she held for 14 years. She paints, writes, and every so often gets up the nerve to sit at the piano and play a favorite Bach or Chopin prelude.

Mary-Lou Weisman has written four memoirs (Playing House in Provence, Intensive Care and Traveling While Married); a biography (Al Jaffee's Mad Life); and a bestselling humor book (My Middle-aged Baby Book). As an adjunct professor, she has taught writing, both memoir and personal essay, at The New School, New York University, Manhattanville College, and at both Westport and Norwalk Continuing Education programs.

 

Arturo Toscanini

Contemporary Classical Music

History of Music

Books, songs, and movement activities for preschoolers with their adult.  Families welcome! Socially distance by bringing your own blanket.

Songs, fingerplays, bouncing, lifting and a book!  Designed for pre-walking babies and their adult.

Siblings welcome. Socially distance by staying on your own blanket.

Books, songs, and movement activities for preschoolers with their adult.  Families welcome! Socially distance by bringing your own blanket.

Books, songs, and movement activities for preschoolers with their adult.  Families welcome! Socially distance by bringing your own blanket.

Songs, fingerplays, bouncing, lifting and a book!  Designed for pre-walking babies and their adult.

Siblings welcome. Socially distance by staying on your own blanket.

Books, songs, and movement activities for preschoolers with their adult.  Families welcome! Socially distance by bringing your own blanket.

Books, songs, and movement activities for preschoolers with their adult.  Families welcome! Socially distance by bringing your own blanket.

Songs, fingerplays, bouncing, lifting and a book!  Designed for pre-walking babies and their adult.

Siblings welcome. Socially distance by staying on your own blanket.

Books, songs, and movement activities for preschoolers with their adult.  Families welcome! Socially distance by bringing your own blanket.

Books, songs, and movement activities for preschoolers with their adult.  Families welcome! Socially distance by bringing your own blanket.

20 Jesup Road
Westport, CT 06880
203.291.4800

Library Hours

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
9AM – 9PM
9AM – 9PM
9AM – 9PM
9AM – 9PM
9AM – 6PM
9AM – 5PM
1PM-5PM

Café Hours

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
9AM – 5:30PM
9AM – 5:30PM
9AM – 5:30PM
9AM – 5:30PM
9AM – 5:30PM
9AM - 4:30PM
1PM - 4:30PM

Subscribe to our eNews

© 2020 The Westport Library  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
A SQUARE SQUARED WEBSITE
linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram