'Remember we never really own them, we are only custodians until somebody else takes over the job.'That aphorism has appeared in number of forms and I came across it again reading Bill Rees' newly published The Loneliness of the Long Distance Book Runner. In that context it was referring to books, but it applies equally to music. When it is finally realised that classical music defies ownership and branding, and that we are its custodians not saviours, the world will be a much better place. The Loneliness of the Long Distance Book Runner is a hymn to the trials, joys and tribulations of the second hand book market. It was a recent chance buy in Wolfgang Zuckermann's gem of a bookshop in Avignon and now news comes that Mr Zuckermann has finally taken a well earned retirement at the age of ninety and his shop will soon be reopening under new owners. More on a true legend in his own lifetime here.
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