The memoir that inspired the two-time Golden Globe Award–winning comedy series: "Funny . . . heartbreaking . . . [and] utterly absorbing" (Lee Smith, New York Times–bestselling author of Guests on Earth).
Oboist Blair Tindall recounts her decades-long professional career as a classical musician—from the recitals and Broadway orchestra performances to the secret life of musicians who survive hand to mouth in the backbiting New York classical music scene, where musicians trade sexual favors for plum jobs and assignments in orchestras across the city. Tindall and her fellow journeymen musicians often play drunk, high, or hopelessly hungover, live in decrepit apartments, and perform in hazardous conditions—working-class musicians who schlep across the city between low-paying gigs, without health-care benefits or retirement plans, a stark contrast to the rarefied experiences of overpaid classical musician superstars. An incisive, no-holds-barred account, Mozart in the Jungle is the first true, behind-the-scenes look at what goes on backstage and in the orchestra pit.
The book that inspired the Amazon Original series starring Gael García Bernal and Lola Kirke, this is "a fresh, highly readable and caustic perspective on an overglamorized world" (Publishers Weekly).