B0115. Start-Up at the New Met, The Metropolitan Opera Broadcasts, 1966 - 1976. Paul Jackson. Pompton Plains, NJ, Amadeus, 2006. 640pp. Index; Bibliography; Numerous Photos; DJ. - 9781574671476
"With ‘new’ Met broadcasts coming out on CD every year, [this] book is essential as a work of reference for the opera collector and, as with any critic worth his salt, a regular reader learns to accommodate his opinions to Jackson’s. I hope the Met broadcasts, under threat in recent years, continue and that both Jackson and I live to see his survey of the Levine era."
- Tully Potter, CLASSIC RECORD COLLECTOR, Summer, 2007
"In Paul Jackson’s newest chronicle of The Met’s illustrious history on the radio, the author examines the decade that saw the move from the old house to Lincoln Center, the end of Rudolf Bing’s management and the eventual appointment of James Levine as music director. With almost 100 photographs, the majority from the Metropolitan Opera Archives, START-UP will delight both seasoned devotees of the broadcast and new listeners.
Volume III of Professor Jackson’s historic account of the Metropolitan Opera’s Saturday afternoon broadcasts continues the solid tradition of fine scholarship and elegant writing that he started in 1992….the present volume covers the final decade of Rudolf Bing’s tenure and a little more. Jackson’s volumes are unique – and of great archival value….Jackson gives us more here than in previous volumes of views and encounters with singers….Of particular note are accounts of some of the more famous controversies of the Bing years at the Met, including the move in 1966 to the new Lincoln Center house….That entire inaugural season at Lincoln Center is a fascinating story, well-told here….If you read the daily press reviews of classical opera, Jackson’s accounts will be a new world: reliable and literate. In our time of shrinking print and media venues for serious music writing, Jackson’s works take on added importance."
- James A. van Sant, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, May/June, 2007