Pause, Play, Repeat by Sammy Stein
The new book from multi-award-winning author Sammy Stein. In 18 candid interviews with jazz musicians at the top of their game, the true impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on their lives and careers is revealed.
They discuss the devastating realisation of the impact of Covid-19 on their incomes, the difficulties obtaining clear advice and funding. They discuss the emotional impact and the effect on their partners and families.
It is important to document how Covid-19 has affected music, the loss of venues, practice places, and related industries that surround music events.
The musicians are candid, honest and Sammy draws answers from them which are surprising and sometimes heartbreaking. Yet, there is also a sense of hope, finding new ways to create, making new connections and renewing familiar contacts. The world of presenting music and monetising performances has changed. Musicians also discuss how these changes might affect the future of live performance, for good and bad.
Musicians include Ray Gelato, Tony Kofi, Ivo Perelman, Champian Fulton, Elise Morris, Emm Gryner, Graeme Flowers, Tara Minton, Esther Bennett, Claire Cope, Camilla George, Beatrice Betley, Jennifer Lauren, Alex Ward, Adrian Cox, Chris Bestwick, Grace Garland and Collette Cooper. All ages, all busy musicians, until Covid-19 took everything away. This book shows how they react, despair, then rebuild.
With great pictures and a foreword by Ivors Academy chair Crispin Hunt.
Sammy Stein can be contacted at: sammystein (at) btinternet.com
The book can be purchased from Amazon.