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The Wagner Clan

Jonathan Carr

In Jonathan Carr’s The Wagner Clan, family drama and political controversy collide with musical legacy – The Wagner Clan in the first thorough and balanced history of Germany’s most famous family.

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For over a century the Wagners have presided over the Bayreuth Festival, playing host to many of the greatest and ghastliest figures in the arts and politics amidst family in-fighting and political controversy. Drawing on extensive interviews with members of the family and on both archive and recent material, Jonathan Carr presents a balanced but gripping portrait of the Wagners and their circle; a story which presents a mirror of Germany’s rise, fall and resurrection.


For more than three decades Jonathan Carr (1942-2008) served as a foreign correspondent, initially in Geneva, Paris and Brussels, later as bureau chief of the Financial Times and the Economist in Germany. A regular visitor to the Bayreuth festival, his interest grew steadily in the saga of the Wagner family – above all as a mirror of German (and in…

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