LA Times Article - Grand Obsession & PWPF - See It Now

Posted by: Piano World

LA Times Article - Grand Obsession & PWPF - See It Now - 01/24/08 10:55 AM

The LA Times article from the interviews Pique' and I gave, and from the SoCA NAMM Piano Party & Book Signing is on their web site now!

Read it here...

LA Times Article - Grand Obsession - PWPF



Welcome New Members from LA Times Article!

Welcome to the new members who have joined after reading the GRAND OBSESSION / Piano World article in the 01/27/08 LA Times.

We would be interested to hear your thoughts about the article.

If you would like to know more about the book, we have reviews and free chapter excerpts posted here

You can Meet the Author Here

If you'd like to know more about Piano World and the Piano Forums, please have a look around, and feel free to ask questions.

And again, welcome to the Piano Forums!
Posted by: Steve Cohen

Re: LA Times Article - Grand Obsession & PWPF - See It Now - 01/24/08 11:09 AM

Great article. Great party.
Posted by: BruceD

Re: LA Times Article - Grand Obsession & PWPF - See It Now - 01/24/08 11:22 AM

I wish I had been there; sounds like a great celebration! I am glad to read that the book is getting favourable reviews - well, I guess most of those reviews are only "favorable," as they are predominantly US reviews.

Regards,
Posted by: piqué

Re: LA Times Article - Grand Obsession & PWPF - See It Now - 01/24/08 11:27 AM

wow! i love the first picture with penny, niles, and everyone laughing. looks like every bit the great party that it was.

frank, do you think it's too late to ask them to correct my name's spelling in the headline? they got it right in the body of the article. strange.

it will be interesting to see what happens to pianoworld's traffic after this comes out! \:D
Posted by: Piano World

Re: LA Times Article - Grand Obsession & PWPF - See It Now - 01/24/08 11:39 AM

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Originally posted by piqué:
wow! i love the first picture with penny, niles, and everyone laughing. looks like every bit the great party that it was.

frank, do you think it's too late to ask them to correct my name's spelling in the headline? they got it right in the body of the article. strange.

it will be interesting to see what happens to pianoworld's traffic after this comes out! \:D [/b]
Yes, it was a great party, and the article is wonderful. By the way, I exchanged a few emails with Swati, she wants to take lessons again now :-) I told her she has perfect fingers for playing (she does).

I'm sure if you call her they will correct the spelling (I have her number if you need it).

My sister said if she can't find the paper in her area (Pompano Beach, FL), she may have to fly to CA to pick some up :-)
Posted by: jodi

Re: LA Times Article - Grand Obsession & PWPF - See It Now - 01/24/08 12:25 PM

What an EXCELLENT article!! I loved the part where she mentions PW member numbers!

\:D

\:\) Jodi
Posted by: piqué

Re: LA Times Article - Grand Obsession & PWPF - See It Now - 01/24/08 01:47 PM

here's another article--a review in the missoula independent, and i think it's the best review i've received yet:

http://www.missoulanews.com/index.cfm?do=article.details&id=A8A6C263-E112-305A-6F1145803B924A86

you can avoid the annoying ads by clicking on the "print" version link.
Posted by: rustyfingers

Re: LA Times Article - Grand Obsession & PWPF - See It Now - 01/24/08 01:50 PM

"The reason for [my] sudden renewal of interest in music is Perri Knize’s new book, Grand Obsession. And I think the Missoula author and I might agree that’s the highest compliment I could pay to her work."

Wow! the highest compliment indeed. pique is a muse!
Posted by: lilylady

Re: LA Times Article - Grand Obsession & PWPF - See It Now - 01/24/08 03:07 PM

Now who the heck could be giving a thread like this WHICH ONLY SUPPORTS PIANO LOVERS AND PLAYERS and the PIANO BUSINESS a low ***?

Trying to prove a point? Or have you something against promoting pianos?

Shame on you. Have something to say? Then post it on the thread.

LL, shaking her head...
Posted by: Piano World

Re: LA Times Article - Grand Obsession & PWPF - See It Now - 01/24/08 03:17 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by lilylady:
Now who the heck could be giving a thread like this WHICH ONLY SUPPORTS PIANO LOVERS AND PLAYERS and the PIANO BUSINESS a low ***?

Trying to prove a point? Or have you something against promoting pianos?

Shame on you. Have something to say? Then post it on the thread.

LL, shaking her head... [/b]
My guess is it's either someone who doesn't like the thread rating system, to which I say..
It's like a tv program, don't like it, don't look at it.

Or, it's someone who doesn't like the fact that I'm allowing Grand Obsession so much free press on PW, to which I say...


Have you read the book?


When I read it I realized it will entice a lot of people to investigate playing the piano.


It also mentions PW and the Piano Forums throughout, which will bring us more new members.


After I'd read it, I contacted Perri and her publisher and told them I'd like to help promote the book. I believe the book will be good for the piano industry (manufacturers, dealers, teachers, tuners, etc.) and for the Piano Forums.


It's true I ask professionals in the industry to refrain from advertising on the forums, asking them instead to consider paying for advertising on PW.


In this case, the exposure Grand Obsession will provide for the piano industry and for PW by getting people excited about playing the piano more than offsets any fees I would have charged.


Perri is not in competition with anyone. She isn't selling pianos or service or lessons. I believe if anything, she is doing the piano business a wonderful service.

In fact, a number of dealers have expressed an interest in carrying the book in their showrooms, either to sell, or to give away.

Besides, I really like the book:-)
Posted by: Sir Lurksalot

Re: LA Times Article - Grand Obsession & PWPF - See It Now - 01/24/08 03:19 PM

#256 at Amazon. Not bad.
Posted by: Booker_Boy

Re: LA Times Article - Grand Obsession & PWPF - See It Now - 01/26/08 05:04 PM

Hi all

I just got back with the L.A. Times Sunday edition. It looks great. The article is on page F6 and it takes up the entire page. There is a huge photograph of Jeff Bauer playing the piano and everyone gathered around. I'm just really glad my bald spot didn't make the print edition.

I don't know if this has been announced yet, but the Book Review section says that the the Times will be reviewing "Grand Obsession" during the week, so I guess that's something else to watch out for.

I can't seem to put the book down. It's so well written and a compelling story too. There has to be an award somewhere in this book's future. Cheers to Perri.

--Len
Posted by: piqué

Re: LA Times Article - Grand Obsession & PWPF - See It Now - 01/26/08 06:40 PM

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There has to be an award somewhere in this book's future.
from your lips....

\:D

i'd really love to have a hard copy of the calendar section with the article in it. if anyone wants to volunteer to get one for me and send it in the mail.... you can email me through the contact form on the book's website: grandobsession.com.

thanks.

i did not know they were going to review it, so thank you for the heads up!
Posted by: Piano World

Re: LA Times Article - Grand Obsession & PWPF - See It Now - 01/27/08 04:01 PM

Bumping this thread to welcome new members who found us through the article.

Welcome New Members from LA Times Article![/b]

Welcome to the new members who have joined after reading the GRAND OBSESSION / Piano World article in the 01/27/08 LA Times.

We would be interested to hear your thoughts about the article.

If you would like to know more about the book, we have reviews and free chapter excerpts posted here[/b]

You can Meet the Author Here[/b]

If you'd like to know more about Piano World and the Piano Forums, please have a look around, and feel free to ask questions.

And again, welcome to the Piano Forums!
Posted by: Laura M

Re: LA Times Article - Grand Obsession & PWPF - See It Now - 01/27/08 04:09 PM

Congratulations Pique! I look forward to reading your book, as I too had an obsessional journey that ended happily with a Mason-Hamlin, albeit upright. Looks like a fun party and sorry I decided not to drive down from Santa Barbara for it! Good luck with book reviews.

Laura