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James Levine writing a memoir

Posted by Steve Greenlee  March 25, 2011 02:49 PM

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03032011_03levinero.jpgLest anyone thinks James Levine has nothing to do now that he has resigned as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, that's not true. The maestro, who was forced to put down his baton because of chronic health problems, is writing a memoir.

To be published by Alfred A. Knopf Inc., the as-yet-untitled book will chronicle Levine's half-century in the music business. The 67-year-old conductor is collaborating on the book with Harvey Sachs, a music writer whose resume includes a biography of Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini and an edited collection of Toscanini's letters.

No word on what Levine is being paid for the book. He was represented by New York-based literary agent Denise Shannon, who did not immediately return a call today.

-- Mark Shanahan

(Globe photo by Michele McDonald)

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