This book, although largely autobiographical, also covers the exploits of many of the world's greatest conductors who have ever lived, such as Victor de Sabata, Giulini, Koussevitky, Beecham, Karajan, and many others. The foibles of human nature and corruption engendered by the freelancing world, are equally exposed. Many amusing anecdotes experienced in a life-time of playing in orchestras, are liberally scattered throughout this book. Some matters of musical interpretation and technique will also be of interest to many. The strong musical opinions held by the author may be given some credence by the many testimonials by such luminaries as Sir Adrian Boult, Sir John Pritchard, and many others, to be found in the appendix.