A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music
By Steve Lopez
(Berkley Publishing Group, Paperback, 9780425226001, 289pp.)
Publication Date: October 2008
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Now a major motion picture-"An intimate portrait of mental illness, of atrocious social neglect, and the struggle to resurrect a fallen prodigy." (Mark Bowden, author of "Black Hawk Down")
This is the true story of journalist Steve Lopez's discovery of Nathaniel Ayers, a former classical bass student at Julliard, playing his heart out on a two-string violin on Los Angeles' Skid Row. Deeply affected by the beauty of Ayers's music, Lopez took it upon himself to change the prodigy's life-only to find that their relationship has had a profound change on his own life.
- When they first meet, Steve looks at Nathaniel as a compelling story for his newspaper, one that has the potential to bring attention to the inhabitants of Los Angeles's Skid Row. What do you think compels him to continue to take on responsibility for Nathaniel's wellbeing following the initial article?