For those of us who had the privilege to know Sessions, his unique voice is perfectly captured here. In these conversations some of the most demanding aspects of 20th century music are presented with a directness and clarity not seen or read (in my experience) anywhere else. For here we witness the inner workings of a real composer who had a no-nonsense approach to art and life. This is a book to read and returned to again and again. It is most highly recommended to music lovers as well as music professionals.