Leonard Bernstein – composer, conductor, and political operative 1968

Leonard Bernstein at his studio 1968When I photographed Leonard Bernstein at his Connecticut studio in 1968 he didn’t want to talk about music..he only wanted to talk political strategy. He was an advisor to Eugene McCarthy and it seems that Eugene didn’t want the advice. I remember Bernstein complaining to New York Times reporter Joe Lelyveld that he had coached McCarthy for his entrance to a big rally and “then he got out of the wrong side of the car, shielded from the crowd! ”

He would really enjoy the drama of the current political scene in the U.S.

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