Remembering Bix: A Memoir Of The Jazz Age
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Remembering Bix: A Memoir Of The Jazz Age

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As Nat Hentoff says, "Hearing Bix for the first time was like waking up to the first day of spring." Bix has always inspired such acclaim, for he was an unmatched master of the cornet. Ralph Berton was privileged enough to have been a fan—and younger brother of Bix's drummer—just as Beiderbecke's genius was flowering, before he died in 1931 at age twenty-eight. Listening f...more
Paperback, 472 pages
Published June 16th 2000 by Da Capo Press
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Jack Blackfelt
We tend to think of the "roaring 20s" as an era that was wild, yet somehow still somewhat innocent and safe. In fact it was just as reckless and harmful as today's times. Ralph Berton, kid brother of legendary jazz drummer and tympanist Vic Berton, writes this memoir in a startlingly open fashion about his adolescence during the period among the "hot jazz" world. His vaudeville family is part bohemian, part intellectual, 100% debaucherous by even today's standards (Mummy is only slightly disappr...more
Jason
one of my favorite books of all time...an endearing glimpse into the world of music and into a life saturated with musical sensibility...
berton paints a loving portrait of a troubled soul in his depiction of bix...you won't soon forget this book and the stories it tells...
highly, highly recommended
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