Will the Real John Hirsch Please Stand Up?
Program notes by Bob White

Biography is a strange beast. Clearly it is a very popular form, with new iterations of people's lives appearing on a very regular basis on film and television or a rack at your favourite bookstore. Biographies also tend to be greeted, depending on the subject, with a certain frisson of anticipation. Oh, finally we're going to get the goods on the Queen Mother, or Bill Clinton, or Lady Gaga! In contemporary culture, the big-book bio or movie seems most often to be pitched as a kind of highbrow gossip. We've been conditioned to expect bios to be filled with hitherto untold tales of bad behaviour and revealing sexual exploits.

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