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Play It Again: An Amateur Against The Impossible [Format Kindle]

Alan Rusbridger
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"Extraordinary... Prepare to be inspired" (Sunday Telegraph)

"Bernard Levin once told me that journalism was "half gossip, half obsession, half slog and half madness". If that's true Play it Again is a minor classic from a major hack...it's about a stressed, insanely busy middle-aged person finding time to cultivate a hobby and discovering that his inner fire has been rekindled. That's a lesson we all need." (Richard Morrison The Times)

"As soon as you enter the pages you are hooked, not just by the efforts to overcome this elusive piece through curiousity and courage, but by the clear way in which the diary takes the reader into the murky world of WikiLeaks and the still more polluted waters of phone hacking by News International... Riveting stuff... Play It Again is a hugely enjoyable, touching and informative volume" (Literary Review)

"An absorbing and technically detailed book. Rusbridger is a vivid writer who is able to make the physical experience of playing the piano.very gripping." (Nicholas Kenyon Times Literary Supplement)

"In his page-turning diary, Chopin has to make room for Julian Assange, Leveson and the hacking scandal. This charming, nimble, book argues that a life cannot be too rounded nor a day too full." (Daily Telegraph)

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In 2010, Alan Rusbridger, the editor of the Guardian, set himself an almost impossible task: to learn, in the space of a year, Chopin’s Ballade No. 1 – a piece that inspires dread in many professional pianists.

His timing could have been better.

The next twelve months were to witness the Arab Spring, the Japanese tsunami, the English riots, and the Guardian’s breaking of both WikiLeaks and the News of the World hacking scandal.

In the midst of this he carved out twenty minutes’ practice a day – even if that meant practising in a Libyan hotel in the middle of a revolution as well as gaining insights and advice from an array of legendary pianists, theorists, historians and neuroscientists, and even occasionally from secretaries of state.

But was he able to play the piece in time?

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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Good read 9 septembre 2013
Par Anna Fini
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Very interesting insights into brain plasticity, procedural memory and the role of hobbies in adult life.
Good read, provided you are really into music.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Play It Again 24 janvier 2013
Par S Riaz - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Alan Rusbridger is the editor of the Guardian, so has little time for hobbies, but has a passion for music and for playing the piano. At an annual 'piano camp' he is inspired when a fellow attendee plays Chopin's Ballade No 1 A piece, which inspires dread in even professional pianists. Rushbridger is now in his fifies and restarted piano lessons in his late forties. He has a demanding job in news, which is now updated constantly 24 hours a day, and has little time for anything outside work. Yet, despite all that, he decides to set himself a challange to pay the piece of music which both daunts and calls to him.

It is difficult to describe this book. It is partly full of fascinating musical digressions, from the author's attempts to find the perfect piano for the music room he is building at his country cottage, to watching other amateur pianists performing the piece on YouTube, taking lessons and discussing the piece with musicians and partly it is a news diary. During the year that Rusbridger was desperately attempting to find time for practice, he was also dealing with some major news stories, such as WikiLeaks, phone hacking and the Arab Spring. The book jumps delightfully between topics, leaving you at times impatient to leave the news and get back to the music - as I am sure Rusbridger felt himself. At one part of the book he mentions a 'sneery' article about his love of music, but you can only applaud his passion for the music (and instrument) he obviously loves and the whole book is a pleasure to read, whether you are a musician or not.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Twenty Minutes a Day 21 août 2013
Par takingadayoff - Publié sur Amazon.com
Busy, successful people somehow seem to have more time than the rest of us. For instance, look at the politicians and businessmen who have huge responsibilities and many demands on their time. Somehow many of them find time for extramarital affairs and financial shenanigans.

Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger organized his hectic days to make room for learning a very difficult Chopin ballade. He wondered if it would be possible for him, in his mid-fifties to learn the song, which would require him to memorize big chunks of it, as it would be impossible to do the complex fingerwork and look at the music simultaneously. Even in his early piano playing days, he had always relied on his sight reading skills rather than memorization. And how would he manage to find a piano when he was often on the road? As luck would have it, two of the biggest stories in years were breaking the year he undertook his project, making it even more important to be on the spot for the Guardian. And of course, he also wrote this book in addition to everything else.

Play It Again is set up as a diary and covers the time from his decision to tackle the project to the finish. It's really quite inspiring and surprisingly, not at all boastful, which is quite an impressive trick. Even if you don't play piano, or any musical instrument, you can appreciate the account of covering the phone hacking and WikiLeaks stories, as well as accomplishing a personal challenge.

So next time you hear yourself saying you don't have time to learn a new language or take up kick boxing or whatever, think about Rusbridger and his twenty minutes a day.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Guardian editor finds time for piano practice everyday 3 juillet 2013
Par kay Irwin - Publié sur Amazon.com
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We think it normal for people in high-powered jobs to go to the gym regularly, but a work out on a very difficult piano piece provides a more challenging counterpoint to a very busy job. Two tense tales splendidly interwoven. When did he find time to write a book as well?
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellant read loved it. 15 mars 2013
Par Noel Lackey - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Fantastic book, loved every minute of it, inspired me to keep going and working through Grade 5, will read it again and again
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Surprisingly encouraging. 11 juin 2013
Par Brian Anthony Farrelly - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I found it surprisingly encouraging to read about the difficulties an advanced amateur had with a difficult piece of music. The author comes across as a little bit self-satisfied, but given what he managed I think he had some grounds for that.
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