"Good Things Happen Slowly" — Fred Hersch with David Hajdu

"Good Things Happen Slowly" is the memoir of the 10-time Grammy nominated jazz pianist Fred Hersch, who began life as an upper-middle class Jewish kid from Cincinatti. It's the story of the first openly gay, HIV-positive jazz player, and a deep look into the cloistered jazz culture that made such a status both transgressive and groundbreaking. It is a remarkable, at times lyrical evocation of New York in the twilight days of post-Stonewall hedonism, and a powerfully brave narrative of the illness that led to Hersch's two-month-long coma in 2007, from which he would emerge to create some of the finest, most direct and emotionally compelling music of his career.

David Hajdu is one of most respected critics and authors in America. The longtime music critic for The New Republic, he currently holds the same post at The Nation and writes regularly for The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and The New York Times Magazine. He is the author of five acclaimed books, including "Love for Sale: Pop Music in America" and "Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn," which The New York Times named one of the 100 Best Nonfiction Books of All Time. He is a four-time winner of the ASCAP/Deems Taylor Award for Music Writing and a three-time finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as finalist for the Lambda Book Award for LGBT literature.  He is a professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and also a well-regarded songwriter who has collaborated with Fred Hersch. His book in progress, a "fictional biography" of a nonexistent composer, will be published by W.W. Norton in 2018.



Monday, September 11, 2017 - 7:00pm



McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince St.
New York, NY 10012



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