Journey of a thousand miles : my story / Lang Lang with David Ritz.
Author: Lang, Lang, 1982-
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, c2008.
Description: 239 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Subject: Lang, Lang, 1982-
Contents: 1: Half of a childhood -- Revolution -- Tom and Jerry -- The barracks -- Teacher's story -- Monkey king -- Field of rivals -- Number one -- The yellow dog -- Leaving home -- 2: The power city -- Fever -- Professor angry -- Shame -- Uncle No. 2 -- A return to music -- Nine months -- Red paper on a bulletin board -- Beginning again -- The Kung Fu master of eight regions -- 3: Beyond China -- Germany -- Chopin -- The Battle of Rachmaninoff -- 4: America -- America -- Farewell -- Beijing 9, Shanghai 1 -- Hip-hop -- Gary Graffman -- A different paradigm -- Cultural tutor -- Maestro Eschenbach -- The big five -- 5: Citizen of the world -- Homecoming -- The press -- The critics -- Maestro Barenboim -- Two horses -- Beyond music.
Summary: Born in China to parents whose musical careers were interrupted by the Cultural Revolution, Lang Lang has emerged as one of the greatest pianists of our time. Yet despite his fame, few in the West know of the heart-wrenching journey from his early childhood as a prodigy in an industrial city in northern China to his difficult years in Beijing to his success today. This autobiography documents the remarkable, dramatic story of a family who sacrificed almost everything--his parents' marriage, financial security, Lang Lang's childhood, and their reputation in China's insular classical music world--for the belief in a young boy's talent. And it reveals the devastating and intense relationship between a boy and his father, who was willing to go to any length to make his son a star. An engaging, informative cultural commentator who bridges East and West, Lang Lang's book opens a door to China.--From publisher description.