The Band That Played On: The Extraordinary Story of the 8 Musicians Who Went Down with the Titanic

The Band That Played On The Extraordinary Story of the Musicians Who Went Down with the Titanic 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 befor

  • Title: The Band That Played On: The Extraordinary Story of the 8 Musicians Who Went Down with the Titanic
  • Author: Steve Turner
  • ISBN: 9781595552198
  • Page: 215
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Band That Played On: The Extraordinary Story of the 8 Musicians Who Went Down with the Titanic

    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 SThe 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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    1. Susan

      Almost everyone, with any awareness of the story of the Titanic, have heard about the band that played on while the ship was going down. It is a story enshrined with heroism and self sacrifice. However, very little is known about the men themselves and I doubt many, but real Titanic enthusiasts, could name the musicians. Steve Turner does a wonderful job of bringing these men vividly to life: Wallace Hartley, Percy Taylor, Wes Woodward, Fred Clarke, Roger Bricoux, Theo Brailey, Georges Krins and [...]

    2. Desiree

      This was an interesting and very detailed read. The book starts by giving a biography of each of the 8 musicians and I have to admit that by the fifth or sixth I was having a hard time keeping track. It definitely slowed my reading down, mid-book. The most eye opening thing to me in reading about their lives growing up was how the world looked when being a musician was considered a viable career option. To hear about a time when professional musicians were in demand and every establishment had t [...]

    3. Barbara

      I don't think it was the best-written book I've ever read, and the material the author had to work with was pretty skimpy, but I found it fascinating. The 8 musicians who went down with the Titanic were just normal working musicians, not famous artists, so the details of their lives were quite basic. They would have been complete unknowns to the world at large if they hadn't died playing while the ship went down. Still, Turner managed to make the limited material into an interesting book. As a m [...]

    4. SenoraG

      I have read a lot about the Titanic but this is the first book that I've read devoted to the musicians. W. Hartley, C. Krins, R. Bricoux, W.T. Brailey, J. Woodward, J.F. Clarke, J.L. Hume, P.C. TaylorI learned some things that shocked me. Families actually had to pay to get their family member back. If they were lucky enough to be found and identified! Families had to pay for embalming and transportation of the body home. Since the Titanic did not finish it's voyage, full pay was not sent, deduc [...]

    5. Elizabeth B

      Focusing on the band from the Titanic, this book is a fresh look at that ill-fated voyage. Most people will recall the band from the movie playing as the ship went down and this book delves into those men – who they were, where they came from and the characteristics that made them choose to continue to play. The research on the men is impeccable and even for serious Titanic readers (I admit I am not one of these) I believe you will find something new that you didn’t know before. Outside of t [...]

    6. Karen

      WOW!!! It has been a while since I have read a book that I didn't want to put down. The story of the 8 bandsman on the Titanic that played while the ship was sinking, working tirelessly to calm passengers during a very traumatic event was captivating. I have always been fascinated with the sinking of the Titanic, the lives of the people that were lost and those that survived. I have always heard about the men that continued to play as the ship sunk. Survivors even said they saw the water up to t [...]

    7. Cindy

      In "The Band that Played On" many questions are asked about the stories of the musicians who played and subsequently died as the result of the sinking of the Titanic. Who were these men? What do we know about their family histories? Did they voluntarily play music while the great ship sank? What songs did they play? What happened to the families that were left behind? This is what the author has set out to reveal in this thoroughly researched telling of this tragic event that shocked the world.B [...]

    8. C.C. Thomas

      Just when you think you've read all the books on the Titanic, here come one with new information and a completely different slant. It is told from the viewpoint of a musical historian and focuses on one of the best loved myths surrounding the Titanic.It is a story of eight regular guys turned heroes. A story of working band members who took up their instruments in a moment of tragedy and panic to bolster the spirits of their fellow shipmates. And, they kept playing and playing. Even as the ship [...]

    9. Tarissa

      An in-depth look at the lives of the 8 hired musicians on board Titanic when it sank. Never before has so much information been collected in one volume concerning these 8 men -- the most well-known of them being Wallace Hartley, the bandleader."They were famous for their deaths, not their lives" (The Band That Played On", page 16). They were simple men, just striving to make a living while playing their favorite instruments. And yet, over the course of the next two years following the maritime d [...]

    10. Stephen Escalera

      Any discussion of the sinking of the Titanic will usually include a mention of the heroic band of men who, even though facing certain death, played their instruments to the last, providing some measure of comfort and serenity to their fellow passengers. As a band, their last act lives on in fame, but as individuals very little is known about them. Steve Turner, in his book The Band That Played On, attempts to delve into the little that is known about each of the eight musicians, chronicling the [...]

    11. Valentina

      As a musician, I have always been drawn to the heroic tales that involve any type of artist. This book, which I received from Booksneeze, provided all of that and more. The fate of the members of the chamber orchestra aboard the Titanic is well know, ingrained in our memories by the James Cameron film and by the many accounts we might have come across throughout our lives. None, however, have focused on who these poor men were, why they were together on the ship, what and whom they were leaving [...]

    12. Adam Gray

      This book was particularly dry, even for someone like my self who loves history. It was more indepth look at their families, and guessing what the musicians did, then actually knowing what happened. It's not the authors fault that he couldn't find this information, as of course people who are in the midst of a tragedy like the sinking of the Titanic might not be the best reporter of songs played by the band. And speaking of that, the author spends pages going over not only what song they played [...]

    13. Matthias

      Very good book.Initially, I was disappointed because of the testimony of the four men. I guess it was always in the back of my mind that these 8 men were men of extraordinary character; superheroes, if you will. As it turns out, they had multiplied troubles, debts, divorces, out-of-wedlock relationships, etc Their lives were, in large part, a mess. Superheroes they were not!Mr. Turner did a great job of making the scraps of history fit together in such a way that my mind could almost interpreted [...]

    14. Gerry McMillan

      Can't help but give this book five stars. Steve Turner is one of my favourite writers. I have always been fascinated with the account of the Titanic. There have been so many books written about the ship's fateful voyage. Turner researches a story of the Titanic that has not been told. It's the story of the band that played on the ship especially as the ship was going down. The book tells the history of the band and gives biographical sketches of each of the players. A great read.

    15. Mandi Jayne

      I finished this because it was interesting information, and I hate not finishing books. But it was So. Very. Dry. The introduction was the most interesting part!

    16. Lorraine Montgomery

      We all know about the 8 musicians who continued to play their instruments as the Titanic sank, but how many of us know their stories, or even their names?  Steve Turner has done the research, spoken to their descendants (where there were any), and followed the trail of monuments of these 8 heroes — and make no mistake, they were heroes — and their legacy.Theo Brailey — William Theodore Brailey, born in Walthamstow, Essex, England, 25 October 1887, father a clairvoyant, he was a pianist on [...]

    17. Cheryl

      Being a fan of all things Titanic I was looking forward to reading this. It started out good and I could tell that a lot of research went into this book. I learned some things that I didn't know which is always good. After the first 3 or 4 musicians backgrounds, they all started to run together and I couldn't keep them straight. The book started reading like a report, so and so lived here and moved there and moved again. There are a lot of assumptions made which took away from the reality of the [...]

    18. Jim Swike

      Heroic true story of the men who played music on Titanic to the tragic end. Extremely well-researched and a great read. Enjoy!

    19. Zach Koenig

      There is no doubt that author Steve Turner did an incredible amount of meticulous research for this project. That cannot be denied and he must be given a great deal of credit for that endeavor. However, the trouble with this book is that readers want to read about the band members and their experiences directly relating to the Titanic voyaged there just isn't enough surviving research to tell that kind of in-depth story.As such, Turner pads the narrative with in-depth research about the families [...]

    20. Victor Gentile

      Steve Turner in his new book, "The Band That Played On" published by Thomas Nelson writes about the eight men that comprised the music on the maiden voyage of the Titanic.On April 14, 1912 the R.M.S. Titanic struck an iceberg at 11:45p.m was severely damaged and began to take on water. At 2:20 on the morning of April 15th the Titanic sank into the Atlantic taking 1,517 of her passengers with her. Many books and movies have been made about this doomed luxury liner some had named the ship that cou [...]

    21. Betsy

      Prior to reading this book, all that I knew about the musicians aboard the Titanic was what I saw in the blockbuster movie version featuring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. Watching them play together on the ship's deck as passengers loaded up in the lifeboats for me was the saddest part, probably because I knew the rest of the story but was learning about these eight men for the first time. I first heard about this book from another friend's reading blog (check it out) and was interested to [...]

    22. Erin Al-Mehairi

      From my Oh, for the Hook of a Book Blog, hookofabook.wordpress:The Band that Played On, by Steve Turner, is an original twist on the historical story of the Titanic, the luxury ship that went down in 1912 that has forever haunted the minds of many Americans. Upon the coming of the 100th anniversary, Thomas Nelson publishers suggested this subject to author Steve Turner; it put a new spin on the tale, which generally focuses around stories of the survivors, or those ticketed elite passengers who [...]

    23. Rachael Hewison

      The loss of the Titanic has been a historical event that has never ceased in popularity. Every angle of the disaster has been written about from forensics discerning that the bolts were not made of the right material to marine historians arguing about the conduct of the naval crew. I believed that every angle had been covered until I discovered Turner’s book, the life stories of the musicians who so bravely continued to play in face of certain death. This was a topic never covered before and T [...]

    24. Norma

      Everyone knows the story of the Titanic sinking. The tale has been told in several movies and countless books. However, there is one aspect of the story that has not been told, that of the musicians who chose to play as the ship sank.The book starts out recounting the tale of that fateful night that the ship sank. There were a few details in there that I hadn’t known about. I guess that was because most of what I knew was from the movies.For instance, did you know that the reason for the media [...]

    25. Emma

      Many books and documents have been published on the tragedy of the Titanic. But never before this book by Steve Turner has anyone focused exclusively on the 8 musicians who kept playing as the majestic boat was going down and under.The title promises some very interesting new information.And yes indeed, the writer seems to have done lots of research. He dedicates a chapter of the book to each player; he tracks where they came from, their family connections and stories, their education and backgr [...]

    26. IrenesBookReviews

      What an informative book! Do you enjoy the stories behind well-known historical moments? If so this book is a perfect book for you. We have all heard about the tragedy of the Titanic. I would also say that most of us have heard of the brave musicians who played on the decks until the very end. What most of us do not know is who those musicians were before they boarded the Titanic. This book is filled with information I have never heard before about the lives of these eight men.The amount of rese [...]

    27. Sue

      The 100th anniversary of the Titanic tragedy is coming next year; anyone who's a fan like me about any and all things Titanic will want to add this book to their bookshelf. We all know the stories about the band that played on, calming the passengers until they perished with the ship, playing until the very end. But no one really knows much about the band members. Steve Turner has exhaustively researched each of the musicians, bringing them to life all these many years later. We learn where they [...]

    28. Birgit

      Who hasn't heard of the Titanic's tragic fate? Most of us will have seen one of the many movies or even read one of the various books about this event. While there is plenty of literature available, only little is know about the band that played on board until the bitter end.With The Band That Played On Steve Turner presents a fascinating look at the lives of these eight men, starting with their early careers, how they became musicians and were then ultimately hired to play on the maiden voyage [...]

    29. George

      Loved the recreations of the actual sinking and the band's part in it, I also really enjoyed the recreation of the era. One surprise was the ubiquitous culture of live performance in a world where recorded music was rare. Probably the best time ever to be a working musician. Although I appreciate all of the detailed background biographical material on the individual band members, I did not enjoy reading it as much, as it is a bit like reading a resumé. Essential information, just not much fun t [...]

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