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Mingus - Mingus: Two Memoirs / Edition 1

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Overview

Charles Mingus was one of the greatest talents in the jazz world, as a bassist, bandleader, and composer. Mingus comes to life again through these two memoirs written by two of his friends. "This book is a breezy but heartfelt tribute to an arascible talent, a collection as passionate and unruly as its subject...funny, respectful and revealing." - The New York Times Book Review
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Freelance writer Coleman and prolific author Young ( Sitting Pretty , etc.), both devotees of Charles Mingus (1922-1979), here present an unconventional, nonchronological, anecdotal, impressionistic account of the personality and contributions of the great jazz bassist and composer. They met him in 1960 when they were students at the University of Michigan, and for the next 20 years, until Mingus died in Mexico, their lives and his were inextricably joined. Captivated by the violent musician--``the Marlon Brando and the Laurence Olivier of Jazz''--whose over-indulgence and self-destruction were balanced by a gentle generosity, Coleman and Young reveal a vibrant, wonderfully complex man who expanded traditional jazz forms, encouraged improvisation, established the first jazz musicians' cooperative and was an impassioned, outspoken foe of racism. Photos not seen by PW. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879101497
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Edition description: 1st Limelight ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 188
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.43 (d)

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