This week in my weekly feature: Kerry Candaele's terrific Following the Ninth doc is done and word comes from Kerrythat it will have its first screening June 4 at a large theater in Santa Barbara. I seem to be associate producer of the film. Our book, out in print and e-book editions is Journeys With Beethoven: Following the Ninth, and Beyond. This was a dream project for me, as some may know from my Beethoven posts here, at The Nation, at Huff Post and on Twitter.
Kerry's documentary (see trailer below) follows the Ninth Symphony and it's cultural and political
influence around the world today. So the book takes us from Chile to
China and Japan, plus a stop in London for a full chapter with Billy
Bragg, and then back in the USA. In the "Beyond" section of the book I
explore my own obsessive "travels" with Ludwig, as a longtime rock 'n
roller, in recent years, via concerts and movies and CDs -- but also
through new "Beethoven delivery systems" (YouTube, web forums, Twitter,
etc.) I also interview at length pianist Jeremy Denk, who wrote a
terrific piece last month for New Yorker. In any case, both the film and book offer a totally unique look at Beethoven--a Beethoven for our time, at last.