Joseph Eger's life is a testimony to the power of music. Among the most widely traveled and venerated classical conductors, Eger has discovered within music a universal language that not only unites... More > people across cultures but also suggests something about the physical rules of life itself.
In his previous book, Einstein's Violin, Eger illustrated how music relates to the physical world, and also to the social one. In Music and Revolution, Eger now shows how the Capitalistic system is responsible for most of the world's ills - from global warming, tsunamis, and "natural" catastrophes to increasing global poverty; from major wars to the mass killings of children and innocent civilians. This book connects the dots to the causal source - a system that venerates profit over people.
Eger presents the symphony as a metaphor for a new cooperative rather than competitive society. At age 92, he claims that "Only total change (revolution) can save life on Earth."< Less