Philip Clark is a music journalist who has written for many leading publications including The Wire, Gramophone, MOJO, Jazzwise, and The Spectator. He also writes for the Guardian, Financial Times, London Review of Books, and the Times Literary Supplement. He trained as a composer but these days prefers to produce his own sounds playing piano as part of a weekly free improvisation workshop. Clark lives in Oxford with his wife, two children, two cats, and more recorded music than he can ever listen to.
This is the writing about jazz that we've been waiting for. By keeping the music at the centre, and interweaving the background of cultural, political and social change to illuminate the development of the music, Clark gives us a complete picture of the artist's life and work. - Mike Westbrook Biography, social history, musicological exploration ... this wonderful book is many things. But above all it is a sort of intoxicating literary jam session. Words and sentences spit and spin and swing creating rhythms and harmonies worthy of Brubeck himself. The sheer descriptive verve, page after page, made me want to listen to every single musical example cited. A major achievement. - Stephen Hough Definitive . . . remarkable. Clark writes intelligently and joyously. - Mojo 'A life in Time' is about the timeless life of the inspired and inspiring jazz master Dave Brubeck. This biography, written with love and passion, is a landmark document that is insightful and inspiring all in itself. Bravo! - Joe Lovano A nontraditional biography that sings . . . an adoring biography as unconventional and compelling as its subject. - Kirkus Reviews Clark hits the right notes for die-hard Brubeck disciples and jazz neophytes alike. - Publishers Weekly The definitive biography of one of jazz's most successful pianists - The Guardian A Life in Time is that rare beast: an uncompromisingly analytical study that absorbs and entertains, illuminating both its subject and his social context. - London Jazz News