As I said in the other thread, this book is a scam. Boring title-- "A Young Person's Guide to X." Marketing to people hoping this book would magically save the CM industry, not to children. And finally, why would he write a book ostensibly about getting kids into CM and then ask if children hate classical music? Imagine what message that sends to the people he's marketing to (TC posters and lurkers). To me, it signifies "I have no clue about what children think of classical music. I wrote the book hoping to make money."I'll be that guy...
I'll have to play around with the chronology somewhat but I'll try to put these threads in perspective...
The thread starter is EOHutchinson - Earl Ofari Hutchinson - He's been a member since May 10, 2015 - He's created 7 posts in 7 years - 6 of those posts are threads that he started to publicize his latest book.
On April 30th of this year he created a thread entitled - "How to Make Classical Music Appealing to Young People" to promote his book - "A Young Person's Guide to Classical Music".
This thread is 11 pages long and has 202 (and counting) posts.
A word on the book itself - It's published by "Middle Passage Press" which is a vanity press company owned by the author - Earl Ofari Hutchinson - It's not a release issued by a legitimate established publishing company.
"Middle Passage Books" has only one author on its roster - Earl Ofari Hutchinson - who has written over 20 self-published books on a variety of subjects.
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On May 10th of this year he created a thread entitled - "Why do so many young persons hate classical music" to once again promote his book "A Young Person's Guide to Classical Music"
This thread is two pages long and has 38 (and counting) posts.
On May 10, 2015 - Seven years ago, EOHutchinson created a thread entitled - "Beethoven and Me: A Beginner's Guide" to promote his book "Beethoven and Me: A Beginner's Guide"
On October 9, 2016 - almost six years ago, EOHutchinson created a thread entitled ' Name you favorite African-American Composers" to promote his book "Our Music Too The Black Experience in Classical Music"
On October 11, 2016, two days later, EOHutchinson created a thread entitled "World's First Black Composers and Artists Classical Music Station Launched" - It's not as cut and dried as the other threads but I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that one of the subjects discussed on this long-deceased classical music station was Earl's book "Our Music Too The Black Experience in Classical Music"
Again, that's 7 threads in 7 years and 6 (and possibly the 7th) were created to publicize books that he's written which have been published by the vanity press imprint that he owns.
This is the link to the listing on Amazon - Remember, the book is entitled - "A Young Person's Guide to Classical Music" -
A Young Person's Guide to Classical Music - Kindle edition by Hutchinson, Earl. Arts & Photography Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.A Young Person's Guide to Classical Music - Kindle edition by Hutchinson, Earl. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading A Young Person's Guide to Classical Music.www.amazon.com
Click on the cover of the book so that you can see a reproduction of the title page - Right underneath the title is a quote from Leonard Bernstein which reads - "The Young Person's Concerts were among my favorite, most highly prized activities of my life" - If one didn't know better, one would think that this was a reviewer's blurb that Bernstein provided for the book itself. This is disingenuous at best and dishonest at worst. An unsuspecting parent - not well versed in music or publishing practices but knowing the importance of the name "Leonard Bernstein" - could conceivably make this purchase in the misguided impression that Bernstein actually read it and approved of the content.
Earl Ofari Hutchinson has a significant list of accomplishments - But there is one that I cannot let pass without comment..- Earl Ofari Hutchinson's Biography
He claims to have a Ph.D in sociology from Pacific Western University - Here are a couple of quotes from the Wikipedia article -
"Pacific Western University (Hawaii) was an unaccredited university closed in May 2006 following a lawsuit filed by the State of Hawaii a year earlier."
"Pacific Western University (Hawaii) and the affiliated Pacific Western University (Louisiana) were not accredited by any accreditation body recognized by the United States Department of Education. As such, its degrees and credits might not be acceptable to employers or other institutions, and use of PWU (Hawaii) and PWU (Louisiana) degree titles may be restricted or illegal in some jurisdictions."
A Ph.D from an "unaccredited" university that is not recognized as an accredited body by the USDE is essentially the most expensive lavatory paper in existence.
There are at least a dozen Ph.D's on this forum in fields ranging from music theory to musicology to biochemistry to chemistry to economics and we'll all tell you the same thing - It's the hardest *** thing you'll ever do in your life that doesn't involve people actually shooting live rounds of ammunition at you. If you didn't earn the title the hard way - by attending an accredited university - by writing a dissertation and then successfully defending it - you don't have the right to use the title.
And so... now you've heard from that guy... and the rest is up to you, the readers and writers of the posts within this thread.
In about two weeks, Earl is going to show up again and create a thread entitled - "Why do so few young people love classical music" - and I'm not entirely certain that there's more than two - maybe three - people who will even notice.
I was that guy this time... next time, it'll need to be someone else wiling to play the role...