Coltrane on Coltrane: The John Coltrane Interviewsby Chris DeVito
Spanning a body of work that stands with the greatest of the 20th century, this autobiographical perspective of John Coltrane reveals the quiet man behind the fiery music through interviews, liner notes, personal correspondence, and more. As complete a record as possible, this book includes every known Coltrane interviewmany in new and more accurate
Spanning a body of work that stands with the greatest of the 20th century, this autobiographical perspective of John Coltrane reveals the quiet man behind the fiery music through interviews, liner notes, personal correspondence, and more. As complete a record as possible, this book includes every known Coltrane interviewmany in new and more accurate transcriptions and several previously unpublishedas well as articles, reminiscences, liner notes, and personal correspondence with fans and journalists. A truly intimate portrait of a dedicated musician, this compilation of his wise words on improvisation, music, and life show why the man and his music continue to inspire devotion, adoration, and joy nearly 50 years after his death.
“Coltrane on Coltrane is a winning idea made accessibly real, revealing the gentle, thoughtful, deeply modest man behind the jazz genius and tenor titan.” Ashley Kahn, author of A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane’s Signature Album
“This is not just another volume about this creative genius. All of Coltrane’s published interviews are here, but DeVito reveals his own creativity by transcribing audio interviews and locating letters, newspaper articles, and other rarities to complete this picture of the man. The result is an essential item for your bookshelf.” Lewis Porter, jazz pianist, educator, and author of John Coltrane: His Life and Music
"This eye-opening book . . . offers one of the most complete pictures of [Coltrane's] jazz-defining body of recordings and all too short life." ArtVoice
What People are Saying About This
"A fascinating and important compendium of the jazz icon's own words. . . . Through these gripping and revealing interviews, Coltrane comes alive. . . . Though many solid books have been written about Coltrane, this compilation of source materials provides an intimate view of the man and his music. Certainly one of the best music books of the year." —Library Journal
“The type of book that should be compiled on every great musician. It is an inspired concept that is perfectly done.” —Los Angeles Jazz Scene
"From start to finish, it's nothing short of engrossing." —Smooth magazine
“There’s plenty for a serious jazz fan to absorb from this interesting collection. . . . Coltrane’s own words about his music and life deserve our attention.” —JazzTimes.com
Meet the Author
Chris DeVito, a freelance writer and copy editor, is the lead author of The John Coltrane Reference, named the BBC’s jazz book of the year in 2008.
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