Beneath the Underdog [Charles Mingus] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Mingus by Mingus. From the shabby roadhouses to fabulous. Bass player extraordinaire Charles Mingus, who died in , is one of the essential composers in the history of jazz, and Beneath the. Beneath the Underdog Charles Mingus This book has been called both a Beat novel and a testament of the Civil Rights struggle. What I’ve.
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And tricky, because he switches voices, using his inner voice to comment and unrerdog on what his corporeal self is doing. May 12, Graeme rated it liked it.
He puts words into other character’s mouths in long monologs page paragraphswhich may or may not reflect his beliefs. Mingus sure passes on some effective bedroom wisdom in this book. When he becomes an adult, though, the book becomes a series of dialogs, full of hipster-isms and seeming in jokes. Less music, more mental institutions and pimping. Some people complain that this book doesn’t talk about the music enough.
If you’re a fan of Mingus or are looking for a different approach in a jazz biography try this one out.
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May 15, “Bass Viol Book”. The book is a jumble, but a glorious one, by a certified American genius. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. This is a fierce, bragging, smart, autobiography that’s full of tall tales and simple truths. The book was clearly written by a musician with a great sense of musicality. I would have been disappointed if this book was not so well-written and fascinating.
This book is maddening. This book has been called both a Beat novel and a testament of the Civil Rights struggle.
A wild, lyrical, and anguished autobiography, in which Charles Mingus pays short shrift to the facts but plunges to the very bottom of his psyche, coming up for air only when it pleases him.
Is it choppy, is it dirty, is it irresponsible, is it offensive, is it woefully, fragmentary, incomplete and arbitrary, is it sad and pathetic, is it excessive, is it awe-inspiring, does it make you want to quit it’s so good sometimes, does it keep you coming back to drink in those sad, searing, hilarious, utterly moving and heart-breaking speeches by Fats Navarro?
Jan 07, Christopher Costabile rated it it was amazing. Lists with This Book. Nevertheless, if you’re not fascinated by this book, I would submit that your interest in jazz and all that concerns jazz – which is quite a lot of things in this world that are very, very important and sadly under appreciated – is tragically limited.
Much more space is given over to Charlie’s sexual adventures and his odd sidebars on religion. The original manuscript was acquired, along with other material documenting Mingus’ life, by the Library of Congress in Would most of us not wish there were more of it in our own memoirs? Post was not sent – check your email addresses! Somber, comic, disturbing, boastful, confessional, sentimental, contradictory, poetic, irascible, impish…lyrical, nasty, angelic, reflective…expressionistic, picaresque, jive…this is a powerful book.
Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. It’s all about probability. He made his recording… More about Charles Mingus. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Starts with memories of his childhood in Watts, precedes through his psychically destructive relationships with two women they were a threesomehis attempts to reconcile innate idealism with learned misanthropy. Sep 05, Josh rated it it was amazing. Stream of consciousness, musings on love, contemplations of what it means to be a I would give it two and a half stars.
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Heavy, cutting takes on life from souls who have dived deeper into it than most of us could chsrles afford to, emerging with some of the most vivid and entertaining commentary on sex, race, religion, death and yes – music – that you’ll ever read anywhere.
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Sep 03, Pages. Music – instead of staining himself with this revolting mixture of obscenity and infantile romanticism. Not for the faint of heart.