Harry Abrams, 1989. FIRST EDITION. Oversized coffee table type book. The Life And Works Of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Superior. Clean and crisp. Oversized coffeetable book. Much as some may wish to, there's no ignoring the contribution Andrew Lloyd Webber has made to the art of the modern musical since his first foray into the genre, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, which was originally conceived and produced in 1968 for the school attended by his brother, Julian. Andrew Lloyd Webber, Michael Walsh's comprehensive, authoritative biography, outlines the composer's solidly middle-class background in the genteel London backwater of South Kensington, and his youthful efforts at staging musicals in a miniature theatre set up in the living room. In chapters named after Lloyd Webber's productions and stylishly illustrated with posters from each, Walsh recounts the young musician's fortuitous partnership with lyricist Tim Rice that resulted in the phenomenally successful Jesus Christ Superstar and subsequent hits like Evita and Cats. Walsh doesn't shy away from highbrow criticisms of the composer, and there are also instructional investigations into Lloyd Webber's love life and business dealings, both of which have been at times equally controversial. Hundreds of photograsphs, many in full color. Meticulously researched and entertainingly written. 240 pages.