Philip Glass Is Writing a Memoir


He’s one of the most influential composers of the late 20th century, and yet how much do we really know about Philip Glass, the man? We’d say that it’s pretty minimal (har har). Apparently, that’s all about to change thanks to a deal that Glass has made with W.W. Norton & Company to write a memoir.

Many of the details, including the publishing date, are currently unknown, but ArtsBeat reports that the book will “explore his youth and musical influences, including working in his father’s record store in Baltimore and collaborations with Ravi Shankar and Allen Ginsberg.” Given the fact that he considers himself “a Jewish-Taoist-Hindu-Toltec-Buddhist,” and co-founded the Tibet House back in the ’80s with Robert Thurman and Richard Gere, we imagine that there might be some discussion of spirituality as well. Also: The legendary composer worked as a cab driver until he was 41 in order to make ends meet. There have to be some good stories there.