John Culshaw - Putting the Record Straight  -  0-670-58326-X
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John Culshaw - Putting the Record Straight  -  0-670-58326-X
B0816. PUTTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT, THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN CULSHAW. New York, Viking Press, 1982. 362 pp. Index. DJ. - 0-670-58326-X


“When John Culshaw died so tragically last year from a rare form of hepatitis he was still in his fifties. However, he had been asked to write his autobiography and had decided to take it only up to 1967, the year he left Decca Records to become Head of Music for BBC Television. Fortunately he had virtually completed the draft of his book before he was taken ill, and Erik Smith, for many years one of his closest colleagues at Decca, decided, with Secker and Warburg, to publish the manuscript as it stood. And what a story Culshaw had to tell about the record industry and the birth of stereo; about the problems and tantrums of the recording sessions. He does not mince his words, and makes some very outspoken comments on Karajan and Solti, Björling and Della Casa, and several more. The book is full of the kind of near-scandal and chit-chat that could have become just gossip-column fodder — but the way Culshaw relates it provides a very interesting insight into the behaviour of many a spoiled child.”

- OPERA, Dec., 1981