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The Band Played on

The Band Played on

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The never-before told, inspiring stories of the 8 brave musicians who played as the Titanic sank.

When Titanic collided with an iceberg at 23:40 on April 14th 1912, the eight members of the band had already retired for the evening. Still, they put on overcoats and mufflers came out to play in the lounge. When most of the First Class passengers had taken to their lifeboats, the musicians simply moved to the deck and continued to play, calming the passengers as the ship sank. One second class passenger said: "Many brave things were done that night, but none were more brave than those done by men playing minute after minute as the ship settled quietly lower and lower in the sea. The music they played served alike as their own immortal requiem and their right to be recalled on the scrolls of undying fame." Survivors' accounts differ about whether their final tune was 'L'Automme' or 'Nearer My God To Thee'. What has never been disputed is the courage of these musicians who deliberately sacrificed the possibility of escape in order to produce a mood of tranquillity at a time of extreme anxiety. But who were they? What journeys brought them to this deck on this icy ocean? Had any of them previously displayed signs of great courage? Who did they leave behind? Historian and biographer Steve Turner delves into the lives of these brave men, revealing eight unique portraits of bravery.

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The never-before told, inspiring stories of the 8 brave musicians who played as the Titanic sank.

When Titanic collided with an iceberg at 23:40 on April 14th 1912, the eight members of the band had already retired for the evening. Still, they put on overcoats and mufflers came out to play in the lounge. When most of the First Class passengers had taken to their lifeboats, the musicians simply moved to the deck and continued to play, calming the passengers as the ship sank. One second class passenger said: "Many brave things were done that night, but none were more brave than those done by men playing minute after minute as the ship settled quietly lower and lower in the sea. The music they played served alike as their own immortal requiem and their right to be recalled on the scrolls of undying fame." Survivors' accounts differ about whether their final tune was 'L'Automme' or 'Nearer My God To Thee'. What has never been disputed is the courage of these musicians who deliberately sacrificed the possibility of escape in order to produce a mood of tranquillity at a time of extreme anxiety. But who were they? What journeys brought them to this deck on this icy ocean? Had any of them previously displayed signs of great courage? Who did they leave behind? Historian and biographer Steve Turner delves into the lives of these brave men, revealing eight unique portraits of bravery.

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?They kept it up to the very end. Only the engulfing ocean had power to drown them into silence. The band was playing ?Nearer, My God, to Thee.? I could hear it distinctly. The end was very close.? ?CHARLOTTE COLLYER, TITANIC SURVIVOR

The movies, the documentaries, the museum exhibits. They often tell the same story about the ?unsinkable? Titanic, her wealthy passengers, the families torn apart, and the unthinkable end. But never before has ?that glorious band??the group of eight musicians who played on as the Titanic slipped deeper and deeper into the Atlantic Ocean?been explored in such depth. Steve Turner's extensive research reveals a fascinating story including dishonest agents, a clairvoyant, social climbers, and a fraudulent violin maker. Read what brought the band members together and how their music served as the haunting soundtrack for one of modern history's most tragic maritime disasters.

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The Band that Played On by Steve Turner is, surprisingly, the first book since the great ship went down to examine the lives of the eight musicians who were employed by the Titanic. What these men did?standing calmly on deck playing throughout the disaster?achieved global recognition. But their individual stories, until now, have been largely unknown. What Turner has uncovered is a narrow but unique slice of history?one more chapter of compelling Titanic lore.

Turner, a music journalist, pursued living relatives of the band members and squeezed all that he could out of ?inherited photographs, documents, and anecdotes? enabling him to sketch brief but poignant portraits of eight young (or at least youngish) men, all born in an optimistic era and all members of the rising middle class. To their parents, their girlfriends, and surely to themselves as well, the future must have seemed bright right up until the early morning hours of April 15, 1912?

There is much that we do not know about the final hours of these men. Why did they make the decision to play on the deck that night? What was in their hearts and minds? ?

Even the Titanic survivors who witnessed their final performance quibbled over some details. Did the band march or did they kneel? Was their last number ?Autumn? or was it ?Nearer, My God, to Thee?? Did they stop playing during the final moments and pack their instruments away or were they still playing as the ship went down? All agreed, however, that all eight band members behaved with remarkable calm and courage. Within hours of the ship's sinking, their story was circulating and they had already become heroes?

For Turner, however, the undisputed hero of the book is Wallace Hartley, a fine musician with religious conviction and a powerful sense of duty who seems most likely to have been the force behind those final hours of heroism. In the last pages of the book, Turner reveals a surprising Hartley discovery?a turn of events which makes a fine ending for his worthy book, even as it leaves us hopeful that the Titanic may yet have a few mysteries she is willing to give up.

?Marjorie Kehe, Book Editor, Christian Science Monitor



. . . For those the least bit interested in the Titanic tale, this is another intriguing chapter in the legend.

?Craig Wilson, USA Today

This detailed and sympathetic portrait of the bandsmen will be appreciated by Titanic enthusiasts and casual readers alike. Steve Turner's new book admirably fills a gap in Titanic literature. There are few good books on the subject of Titanic and, until now, none on the band itself. Steve's impressive depth of research has allowed him to vividly flesh out the stories of each of the band members and he has set these narratives in a fascinating social, political, cultural and religious context. I only wish Steve's book had been around when I was researching Wallace Hartley for my role in James Cameron's movie!

?Jonathan Evans-Jones, who played band leader Wallace Hartley in the film Titanic.

Filling at last a historical gap, this is the definitive account of those neglected and abused heroic bandsmen. Steve Turner has done a fine and exhaustive job of research on those splendid souls who did exactly what musicians, as service providers, do best: soothe and give succor. I wish I'd had this book at hand when I put together my recording of the White Star Orchestra's music: I could have made the thing a lot more accurate! A worthy, thrilling and moving book.

?Ian Whitcomb, music advisor for the film Titanic, and producer of the Grammy Award winning CD, "Titanic--Music As Played On The Fateful Voyage" (Rhino Records, 1998.)
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Meet the Author

Steve Turner

Turner is a writer and poet living in London, England, whereTurner is a writer and poet living in London, England, where he regularly contributes to newspapers such as The Mail on he regularly contributes to newspapers such as The Mail on Sunday and The Times. His many books include Conversations wSunday and The Times. His many books include Conversations with Eric Clapton, U2: Rattle and Hum, Van Morrison: Too Lateith Eric Clapton, U2: Rattle and Hum, Van Morrison: Too Late to Stop Now and A Hard Day's Write: The Stories Behind Ever to Stop Now and A Hard Day's Write: The Stories Behind Ever

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  • Catalogue Code 159722
  • Product Code 9781595552198
  • ISBN 1595552197
  • EAN 9781595552198
  • Pages 272
  • Department General Books
  • Category Biography
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date Mar 2011
  • Sales Rank #77469
  • Dimensions 234 x 158 x 22 mm
  • Weight 0.508kg

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