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Like Young: Jazz, Pop, Youth, and Middle Age

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Francis Davis is one of this nation's savviest and most admired music and cultural critics. In this collection of essays he observes the modern jazz and pop that have reached middle age at the same moment as many of their listeners, including the author. Moving through the scales from Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday to Ornette Coleman and Sun Ra, he comments on music both old and new, on stage and screen. In addition to taking the pulse of jazz at the millennium, he offers fresh insights on pop icons like Elvis ...

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Overview

Francis Davis is one of this nation's savviest and most admired music and cultural critics. In this collection of essays he observes the modern jazz and pop that have reached middle age at the same moment as many of their listeners, including the author. Moving through the scales from Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday to Ornette Coleman and Sun Ra, he comments on music both old and new, on stage and screen. In addition to taking the pulse of jazz at the millennium, he offers fresh insights on pop icons like Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Burt Bacharach, and Brian Wilson. He also goes beyond character sketch and critical script to weave in fragments of his own life, making this the most personal of his collections. Like Young will resonate both with those who have spent two decades reading Davis and those who are discovering him today.

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He's a very impressive critic.... You feel you're reading an honest man. —among others. He lives in Philadelphia.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306810565
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 9/13/2001
  • Pages: 368
  • Lexile: 1460L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.27 (w) x 9.31 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Table of Contents

Advertisements for Myself: Introduction and Acknowledgments
Swing and Sensibility (Frank Sinatra) 3
The Great Hoagy (Hoagy Carmichael) 19
Not Singing Too Much (Dave Frishberg) 27
Billie Holiday, Cover Artist 39
Betty Carter, For Example 49
Bud's Bubble (Bud Powell) 57
The Sound of One Finger Snapping (Miles Davis and Kind of Blue) 66
Aftershocks (McCoy Tyner) 77
Taken: The True Story of an Alien Abduction (Sun Ra) 83
Rashaan, Rashaan (Rashaan Roland Kirk) 94
Inward (Walt Dickerson) 99
A to Z (Paul Bley) 106
Charlie Haden, Bass 116
?Ornette (Ornette Coleman) 134
The 1970s, Religious and Circus (Wildflowers and Arthur Blythe) 141
Like Young (Joshua Redman and James Carter) 156
In His Father's House (Ravi Coltrane) 169
Leaving Behind a Trail (Dave Douglas) 176
Some Recordings (Ruby Braff, Duke Ellington, Chick Corea, Jackie McLean, Lee Konitz, Sam Rivers, Don Byron) 186
On State and Screen (Side Man, Sweet and Lowdown, Ken Burns's Jazz) 200
Tourist Point of View 219
Time Difference 223
Man Lost, Songs Found (Ted Hawkins) 235
Country vs. Western (Pee Wee King) 242
Elvis Presley's Double Consciousness 246
Beached (Brian Wilson) 256
Everybody's Composer (Burt Bacharach) 263
The Best Years of Our Lives (Bob Dylan) 281
Infamous (The Velvet Underground) 297
Victim Kitsch (Rent) 304
The Moral of the Story from the Guy Who Knows (Dion) 316
Index 339
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