Sex, drugs, classical music = trouble in the garden

November 20, 2007 at 05:00 PM · Here is an interesting headline: "Bill Nye 'The Science Guy,' who lives in Studio City, wants a restraining order to protect himself from his former wife, Blair Tindall, author of Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs and Classical Music. He claims she broke into his garden at night and tainted it with toxic herbicide."

Here is the story.

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November 20, 2007 at 05:19 PM · How weird! It sounded by the end of the book as if she had gotten her act together. Apparently not.

November 20, 2007 at 06:35 PM · The very fact that she published that incredibly irresponsible book was a good indicator that she had not.

November 20, 2007 at 07:01 PM · I never read the book--what's the sordid story here? :)

November 20, 2007 at 07:19 PM · I haven't read the book either, but I have seen Bill Nye's shows in science class. :) We dance to his theme song every time.

November 20, 2007 at 06:37 PM · Blair does an interview about her book Here

Her views on amateur musicians in light of flat

funding are compelling. I think everyone is already

there though, having read many many posts advising

especially young people, as well as beginning


I have many feelings on this, being motivated by

inspiration and avocation rather than opportunity, but most of it has already been said either by myself or others.

November 20, 2007 at 07:42 PM · Mara - you should read the book to find out what at least one part of the classical music world is like. The story told in the book is less than uplifting. However, the story in Laurie's link is pretty sordid too.

November 20, 2007 at 07:55 PM · Tamas,

I'm getting my first taste of the sordid music world already as a freshman concertmaster--GEEZ you'd think I had a bull's-eye painted on my back.

I saw the book in a store once and flipped through it--looked like an overgrown tabloid to me.

November 20, 2007 at 08:17 PM · Mara, the book is an interesting little tome. On one hand, I agree with Jude that it is irresponsible in that it names names. On the other hand, she brings up some valid points about the state of the business side of classical music in this country.

November 20, 2007 at 08:49 PM · Mara - you should probably get used to the bulls-eye-painted-on-your-back experiences. My sense from the book and what I hear from others is that there is plenty of that (and it is not limited to the world of music). But the other part of the story is the people Tindall and others had to sleep with to get what they wanted in her part of the music world and the way some musicians that we revere like Perlman treated others.

November 20, 2007 at 09:42 PM · Mara, there's a review somewhere if I can find it that outlines the oomph of the book, and the link above sort of grabs what she was trying to say and do it appears. It was interesting at least.

I think I clicked through from one of Laurie's link to arrive at the review.

November 20, 2007 at 11:20 PM · I wouldn't waste my money on the book. Its contents however are only the tip of the iceberg on what really goes on.

November 21, 2007 at 12:25 AM · Wow, Blair Tindall was married to Bill Nye? What next?!

November 21, 2007 at 12:26 AM · Poor guy.

November 21, 2007 at 03:02 AM · What's this mean? Star = skanky ho?

November 21, 2007 at 06:14 AM · skanky ho = toxic hoe?

November 21, 2007 at 06:40 AM · Mara, it's complete garbage, leave it in it's wrappings.

They're just trying to get attention for what they shouldn't have started on about.

November 21, 2007 at 07:01 AM · Oooh, good one Terry!

November 21, 2007 at 02:49 PM · Laurie, an excellent title that YOU came up with!

Some of Blair's research may have been done here on

Remember this thread?


Heh heh, on the drug theme, the article doesn't mention whether the poisoned plants might have been marijuana or poppy. :-)

November 21, 2007 at 01:01 PM · Does the article say why she poisoned the garden? Was he growing flowers and giving them to some floozy? Was she trying to kill him with poison mustard greens? And of your two choices, let's hope it was the latter.

November 21, 2007 at 01:03 PM · Or on the "sex" theme, the plants might have been...........

November 21, 2007 at 01:28 PM · Designer cucumber with viagra gene genetically engineered by Monsanto? (I was going to think of it, give me time).

November 21, 2007 at 04:09 PM · I guess you never know what's lurking in the weeds. Wait, let me rephrase that....

November 21, 2007 at 06:07 PM · Into outer space

They sent many austronauts

Why not send some spam!?

as·tro·naut (ās'trə-nôt') Pronunciation Key

n. A person restrained to pilot, navigate, or otherwise participate as a crew member of a spacecraft.

With the holidays coming up, anyone feel free to add any bird haikus.

November 21, 2007 at 10:58 PM · I feel bad for Blair. I know her personally. We're not best buddies, nor have we ever dated - so no, I'm not in her book either overtly nor covertly! Out paths have crossed a few times professionally and socially. Interestingly, we renewed our acquaintance through her inquiry here at, some time back.

I'm not defending any poor judgement on her part. But I always found Blair to be very nice and friendly - and one heck of an oboist. I sincerely hope that she gets it together soon and finds happiness.

November 22, 2007 at 12:57 AM · My impression from her interview makes me agree with you Raphael, even though I don't know her.

November 22, 2007 at 08:47 AM · It might have something to do with a headline which was in the local paper shortly after I got my first apartment:

Gypsy Moths Spraying Area Shrinks

Or perhaps it might actually be a publicity stunt.

November 22, 2007 at 03:03 PM · It's made the national news now. Saw it on TV this morning.

November 22, 2007 at 03:12 PM · weed the weed. trash the trash. happy thanksgiving everyone!

November 23, 2007 at 10:09 PM · You scrawny lettuce

You stringy piece of cabbage

Picky peas are us

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