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James Rhodes is a classical pianist and author of the book “Instrumental: A Memoir of Madness, Medication and Music.”
If you think you’ve seen me go deep with a guest on previous episodes of London Real just wait until you see what happens in this interview…
In this episode I ask James about:
- his Princess Diana moment aged 7
- being the victim of child rape
- his suicide attempts while in a mental institute
- being the first ever pianist signed to a rock label
- why his book was so nearly BANNED
- Benedict Cumberbatch
- and so much more!
So click Play and enjoy the one of the most powerful episodes of London Real I’ve EVER made.
[0:09:50] Princess Diana moment. Dichotomy of people who knows classical music and those who don’t.
[0:12:00] Everyone has a piece of music that resonates with them.
[0:13:10] Imagine listening to it and now I’m playing it on stage.
[0:14:10] You don’t think that all great art comes from pain?
[0:14:44] People suffer from trauma.
[0:14:55] Bringing classical music back to the masses and starting own label.
[0:17:10] Introducing the Beethoven music on stage.
[0:18:20] Put away the distraction for 1 hour to listen to live classical music.
[0:20:30] I don’t care if people despise classical.
[0:22:00] Mozart’s complete works has been released in 70 CDs
[0:23:30] Do you think about your legacy.
[0:25:20] Are you an outlier? Malcolm Gladwell. 25 best piece that runs alongside these musicians
[0:28:40] I want the music to be the greatest music of my life
[0:29:00] Memoir that talks about sexual abuse.
[0:30:15] Self harm was a coping mechanism.
[0:31:20] People mistake kindness for flirtation.
[0:33:20] Child abuse is just the tip of the iceberg.
[0:34:00] I fully understand why people don’t want to talk about it.
[0:35:45] Images circulating on the internet.
[0:36:50] The toxic shame of child abuse.
[0:38:28] It goes on to impact the psyche of the child.
[0:40:27] We want to feel loved.
[0:41:45] Geoff Thompson. Confronting the man.
[0:42:55] You are only flogging this to sell more albums.
[0:43:47] Would you rather I did speak out or learning your niece is with this man.
[0:45:23] It hasn’t gone away.
[0:46:00] This is a great life. When I became a father.
[0:47:20] Its a memoir, and that was a small part of my life.
[0:48:40] We don’t ban books in Britain.
[0:51:30] The lesson is that we can talk about it even if it is difficult.
[0:54:01] Gagging order of not talking about this.
[0:56:00] Stephen Fry was shaking with anger that this was going on. The Supreme court overturned the ban.
[0:57:10] They tightened the law. It concerns me that it me and it me took a team of A list celebrity and a team of some of the best lawyers in the world and time and effort to get a book about music and child abuse published.
[1:00:50] Studying psychology. Working in the city.
[1:01:50] Why aren’t you playing this professionally? Becoming a concert pianist.
[1:05:00] Did the music saved you?
[1:06:30] What do you think makes you a great pianist?
[1:10:10] Listen to this. Listen to Chopin.
[1:11:20] Running away from the past.
[1:15:30] If I have to I’ll pay for a doctor because the alternive is dying.
[1:17:16] The only thing that is more terrifying than waking up at 3 o’clock is waking up terrified and alone.
[1:18:00] Fear of being on stage.
[1:20:00] Being in the moment.
[1:21:10] I love to tour America.
[1:23:50] Do you worry about relapse.
[1:23:50] It’s normal to worry.
[1:24:44] More Americans went to a classical concert last year than went to a ball game.
[1:24:35] Playing at Carnegie Hall.
[1:25:30] They seem to be friendly in America.
[1:25:50] Success secrets.
[1:26:40] What makes you a good friend?
[1:28:14] Advice to the 20 year old James Rhodes.
[1:31:21] Competition playing in music colleges.
[1:31:04] Best advice ever received.
[1:35:00] It’s about the journey. Learning to enjoy performing.
James Rhodes’ website: http://www.jamesrhodes.tv/
James Rhodes’ Twitter: https://twitter.com/JRhodesPianist
James Rhodes’ Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/jamesrhodespiano
James Rhodes’ Book