Sunday, January 20, 2008

Norman Lebrecht's Book Recalled

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By The New York Times\Daniel J. Wakin
October 20, 2007

The British critic publisher, Penguin Books, agreed to recall his latest book, “Maestros, Masterpieces & Madness: The Secret Life and Shameful Death of the Classical Record Industry,” which released last July, destroy it, say “Sorry” and promise not to do it again — all over a few pages discussing Naxos Records and its founder, Klaus Heymann.

Mr. Heymann sued the publisher, in the High Court of Justice, saying the book wrongly accused him of “serious business malpractices” based on false statements. He cited at least 15 statements he called inaccurate.

In a settlement with Mr. Heymann, Penguin issued a statement in court saying it apologized for “the hurt and damage which he has suffered.” It agreed to pay an undisclosed sum for legal fees and to a charity. “Penguin Books has also undertaken not to repeat these allegations and to seek the return of all unsold copies of the book,” the statement said.

The American edition of his book, titled “The Life and Death of Classical Music,” was “not affected” by the case. It was published by Anchor Books, a division of Random House. The United States edition will remain on the market, but with “routine, minor factual editorial changes” in the pages in question when a reprint comes out next week, an Anchor spokesman said.

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