- Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
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- 1st Vintage Books ed
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- 5.12(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.78(d)
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Beneath the Underdog; His World as Composed by Mingus based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Charles Mingus was a genius, and this book was a sort of a peek into his mind. It is a testament that there is a blurred line between genius and insanity. An interesting read, especially if you are into jazz.
Seeing some book by Mingus in a rack at a used book store, I wanted to seem more hip so I bought it. Five pages hooked me. Mingus' narrative style, like his music, is completely original and unpredictable. Writing (sometimes) from the point of view of his own guardian angel, Mingus displays a mastery over words that one would not even expect from most professional writers, and certainly not a professional musician (for example, Miles' autobiography does not even compare--and he had a ghostwriter). An example of his genius.
memoirs so inevasively devolve to a horrid mannerism of value certainly yet distinct from writer . this in distant contrast book seems to exist so well beyond anything at all that i begin to refreshingly question the relative value of anything at all ; in literature if it just can't find ebullient pulse with all of the myriad vibrances life should have .
Mingus will break you heart then make you laugh out loud. The story of his 'rest cure' at the asylum in NYC alone is worth the price of the book. A triumph of the human spirit against racism, poverty, and exploitation.