Abril 2021
http://lit.newcity.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Band.jpgMuch has been written about the Titanic over the 99 years that have passed since its tragic loss in the North Atlantic in the spring of 1912. Nearly every account (including James Cameron’s 1997 film) includes the story of how the band led by violinist Wallace Hartley “played on” until the very end when the ship was well into the water—and the lifeboats were all gone. However, little is known about these musicians—who they were, where they came from and why they kept going in spite of the fact that they must have known that their own existence was coming to a close. That biographical vacuum has been filled by music journalist Steve Turner’s “The Band That Played On,” a brilliant tome that tells us the life story of these individuals from their beginnings in Liverpool, through their short careers and ultimate legacy. Turner wastes little time with the well-known history of the liner itself, instead piecing together every possible detail about these men’s lives culled from century-old newspaper accounts, census records and earlier research by authors like Walter Lord, the author of “A Night To Remember,” one of the most complete accounts of the disaster. READ MORE
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