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Celebrating Bird: The Triumph of Charlie Parker
     

Celebrating Bird: The Triumph of Charlie Parker

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by Gary Giddins
 

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Celebrating Bird is the groundbreaking and award-winning account of the life and legend of Charlie Parker from renowned biographer and critic Gary Giddins. Fully revised and with a new introduction, it is a portrayal of a jazz virtuoso whose gargantuan talent was haunted by his excesses and a view into the ravishing art of one of jazz’s most remarkable

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Celebrating Bird is the groundbreaking and award-winning account of the life and legend of Charlie Parker from renowned biographer and critic Gary Giddins. Fully revised and with a new introduction, it is a portrayal of a jazz virtuoso whose gargantuan talent was haunted by his excesses and a view into the ravishing art of one of jazz’s most remarkable figures.

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"Giddins writes with something like Bird’s bravado. . . . [Parker] can practically be heard ripping through ‘Cherokee’ and stewing over ‘Koko’ straight off the pages of this book." —L. A. Weekly

"As penetrating a character study of Bird as any yet written." —New York Times

"Since his death in 1955, myth-makers have sounded the bebop battle cry—Bird Lives!—but Giddins is the first biographer to make it sound true." —Village Voice

"A major contribution to jazz biography . . . has the verve and adrenaline of its subject matter." —Ishmael Reed

"A tribute . . . to Parker’s gift and grief. Giddins gives the man his due." —Los Angeles Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816690411
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
10/01/2013
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
1,067,179
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author


Gary Giddins is a columnist for the Village Voice and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Visions of Jazz. He is also the author of a biography of Bing Crosby. His work has won numerous prizes, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, five ASCAP-Deems Taylor awards, and an American Book Award. He lives in New York City.

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