- "And he didn’t even apply for grants because he didn’t like that they imposed terms." DAN WANG
- "This rich artistic personality is what informs his memoir Words Without Music." SPECTRUM CULTURE
- "The next rollicking 300 pages detail, in masterful prose, the rise of Glass as a musician/composer/entrepreneur and simultaneously the avant-garde art scene that exploded in New York City in the ’50s and ’60s, where Glass was the red-hot epicenter of the music world." LOS ANGELES REVIEW OF BOOKS
- '"Music Without Words” is an album of music by Philip Glass chosen by Orange Mountain Music as an accompaniment to the recently published memoir “Words Without Music” by Philip Glass.' philip glass
- "In his memoir, Glass is charming, illuminating, funny, intelligent, and unpretentious." Irish Examiner
- "One of the most revealing aspects of Philip Glass’s recently published memoir, Words without Music, is the amount of space he devotes to his film music, and which films he chooses to mention and which he chooses to omit." SINFINI MUSIC
- "Insight and practical common sense pervade his new book, and reading it reminded me of hearing him speak: He’s ever thoughtful and loquacious, but he doesn’t answer any questions he doesn’t want to." Kyle Gann - The New York Times
Like his music, the earlier parts of the book were more interesting. Recommended, nonetheless.