Columbus: "The Skin Above My Knee" by Marcia Butler

Event date: 
02/21/2017 - 7:00pm

Please join us Tuesday, February 21st, at 7pm for the launch of The Skin Above My Knee by Marcia Butler.

The unflinching story of a professional oboist who finds order and beauty in music as her personal life threatens to destroy her. 

Music was everything for Marcia Butler. Growing up in an emotionally desolate home with an abusive father and a distant mother, she devoted herself to the discipline and rigor of the oboe, and quickly became a young prodigy on the rise in New York City's competitive music scene. But haunted by troubling childhood memories while balancing the challenges of a busy life as a working musician, Marcia succumbed to dangerous men, drugs and self-destruction. In her darkest moments, she asked the hardest question of all: Could music truly save her life? 

A memoir of startling honesty and subtle, profound beauty, The Skin Above My Knee is the story of a woman finding strength in her creative gifts and artistic destiny. Filled with vivid portraits of 1970's New York City, and fascinating insights into the intensity and precision necessary for a career in professional music, this is more than a narrative of a brilliant musician struggling to make it big in the big city. It is the story of a survivor. 


Marcia Butler was a professional oboist for twenty-five years, until her retirement from music in 2008. During her musical career, she performed as a principal oboist and soloist on the most renowned of New York and international stages, with many high-profile musicians and orchestras—including pianist André Watts, composer and pianist Keith Jarrett, and soprano Dawn Upshaw.

Event address: 
450 Columbus Ave
New York, NY 10024
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The Skin Above My Knee Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316392280
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Published: Little Brown and Company - February 21st, 2017