Myself When I am Real

Myself When I am Real : The Life and Music of Charles Mingus

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Charles Mingus was one of the most innovative jazz musicians of the 20th century, and ranks with Charles Ives and Duke Ellington as one of America's greatest composers. By temperament, he was a high-strung and sensitive romantic, a towering figure whose tempestuous personal life found powerfully coherent expression in the ever-shifting textures of his music. Now, acclaimed music critic Gene Santoro strips away the myths shrouding "Jazz's Angry Man," revealing Mingus as more complex than even his close friends knew. Written in a lively, novelistic style, Myself When I Am Real draws on dozens of new interviews and previously untapped letters and archival materials to explore the intricate connections between this extraordinary man and the extraordinary music he made.
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  • Electronic book text | 479 pages
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 1423746430
  • 9781423746430

About Gene Santoro

A former Fulbright scholar, book editor, and musician, Gene Santoro is a music critic at the New York Daily News and columnist at The Nation and Chamber Music. The author of Dancing in Your Head and Stir It Up, he has written articles and essays for The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, TheVillage Voice, Spin, Rolling Stone, and Down Beat. He divides his time between New York City and Shokan, New York.
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"The definitive Mingus biography."--The Boston Book Review"The best examination yet of an American original."--Washington Post"The great bassist and composer's wild, turbulent life [is] wonderfully captured by Santoro....In sharp and lively prose, [he] digs deep into Mingus' past to sort out the strands of his life..."--Rolling Stone"As Mingus's story unfolds, Santoro keeps the backbeat with perspectives on the socio-political churnings over those years, all of which affected Mingus's life and music....Santoro is on target, and his writing...soars."--The Boston Globe"This is a biography as gargantuan in scope and ambition as Mingus himself, and highly recommended."--The Seattle Times"Written with the elegant hand of an experienced journalist and the insight of a musician with first-rate ears, the book accomplishes the seemingly impossible task of casting a revealing light upon the inner life of its enigmatic subject."--Los Angeles Times"Santoro brings his readers into the mind of this conflicted genius."--The Philadelphia Inquirer
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