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NORMAN LEBRECHT Cataloguing the classical music industry

Journalist, writer and broadcaster Norman Lebrecht is a long familiar name in classical music criticism. Known to be controversial, what he says is not always to everyone's liking, but his knowledge of the classical recording industry is undoubtedly encyclopaedic. Perhaps it's because he knows so much about what is a complex business, to say the least, that it is hard for the reader of Maestros, Masterpieces and Madness to keep track (no pun intended) of who did what to whom, why, when and where they did it. Subtitled The Secret Life and Shamefu/ Death of the Classical Record Industry, Lebrecht takes the reader back to the period just after World War I, a time when artists and conductors were struck by the growing realisation that recording could immortalise their work forever

Am writers m Now firmly set as a Book Festival

tradition, the Al series finds many of our top writers expressing solidarity with authors around the world who are being persecuted for simply putting words on to a page. Among those in attendance this week are Maggie O’Farrell (pictured), David Lodge, llan Pappé and Ali Smith. 5 I 9—74 Aug, 5.30pm, free tickets.

says. ‘lt's all about giving them the in this country and how I think we confidence to realise this. The book is should get a much better look-in as a designed with all abilities in mind.’ His cultural and creative expression.‘

event has Wishart appearing For his event, he’ll be joining

alongside David Erdal, author of publisher Emma Hayley and artist

Local Heroes. the story behind iconic Robert Deas to discuss the new

Scottish food company Loch Fyne Manga reinterpretation of Macbeth. and be taken into the living rooms of Oysters. While the tale of creating an Japanese comics have become one 5 people up and down the country. oyster farm, shop and then of the biggest success stories in i Legendary names such as von restaurant in remote Argyll over the British publishing over recent years. Karajan, FUrtwangler and Toscanini last three decades is a stirring one, with eye-popping art, a huge back are but three who feature in the Erdal's particular inspiration is the catalogue of material ready to be complicated web of storytelling that way the company became owned by translated and a fresh approach to is the ‘Maestros' section. its own 120 employees after the the idea of who comics are for. In

Much more fun is ‘Madness', death of aristocratic owner Johnny Japan, comics are read by the entire Lebrecht's own selection of 20 Noble in 2002. (Donald Reid) population. not just boys with recordings that should never have a small fine-dining restaurant with his I 7 1 Aug (with David Erdal), 2pm, £9 superhero fixations, so there's a been made. It's a witty, entertaining own name above the door seemed, (£7). boarder range of issues covered. section and reveals such unlikely well, confident. But Martin Wishart Now artists and writers worldwide are I happenings as German rock band has proved he has all the confidence, PAUL GRAVETT adopting the Manga style. 3 The Scorpions collaborating with the culinary skill and leadership you need Fighting the anti-comics brigade Berlin Philharmonic in music singing to drag Scotland somewhere beyond ’_"—--' q the praises of oral sex. credibility in the food world. His Paul Gravett is an acknowledged Masterpieces' (or “100 milestones Michelin star was the first in expert on comics, who started off of the recording industry') is both Edinburgh; others have followed, and with comic-mans, before moving into useful and informative, especially in now many of the young chefs publishing (with titles including Neil i the way it relates Lebrecht‘s individual opening their own places and Gaiman and Dave McKean's Violent | choices directly to their place in the aspiring to greatness have passed Cases in the 80s) and writing ? industry itself. (Carol Main) through Wishart's busy kitchens. hundreds of books. articles and I 72 Aug, 3.30pm, £9 (£7). More culinary ambassador than columns on sequential art. The British celebrity chef, in the past year he has comics landscape wouldn't be the :

MARTIN MSHAm opened 8 Cook School, also in Leith, same without his input and passion . M'Cheh," .53”?th p',ea°h9$ and published Cook Book, which for the medium. ‘Part of my interest Ecgfi'gflit! if t_h_e “9139.. _._,-___ contains insights into some of the isn't just in comics, it's in the people It’s hard to believe that next year will memorable dishes cooked by the who create comics. the people who . mark the tenth anniversary of Martin chef. read comics and how the medium is Wishart's arrival on Leith Shore. But it’s not all about rarefied haute for some reason or another 1 Then, a young Scottish chef opening cuisine. ‘Anybody can cook,’ he under—appreciated or even despised i

18 THE LIST MAI. MAGAZINI 7—14 Aug 2008