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To Be or Not to Bop

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Published July 1st 1979 by Doubleday (first published 1979)
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Andrew Kopp
Mar 28, 2013 Andrew Kopp rated it really liked it
This is a biography and autobiography in one. Stories are told by Dizzy and then retold from other famous jazz musicians points of view. It is wonderful to see how the same event is remembered differently! So this book is not just a one character biography. Anyone who studies jazz history must read this. To hear from the mouths of so many influential people is a cornucopia of insight.
Charles
Feb 09, 2008 Charles rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all jazz enthusiasts
Regarded as one of the best jazz autobiographies.
Bob Woodley
Sep 26, 2015 Bob Woodley rated it liked it
This book needed an editor! Way too long.

But, many nuggets scattered here and there. He actually talks a little about the music theory (unlike Miles Davis' autobiography).

And he was a tough guy! He used his knife on several occasions to defend himself against white racists. And was clever and outspoken when confronting white power.

Always a goof ball, making inappropriate jokes, dancing like a nut on stage, falling off the stage on occasion.

He was a musician who along with Charlie Parker created
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Gerry Baker
Feb 01, 2013 Gerry Baker rated it really liked it
Occasionally repetitive but very interesting biography with some really technical musical aspects. My favourite aspect of the book was the racism Dizzy and his band were subjected to throughout their heyday. Worth a read for any trumpet player or jazz fan.
MCBod
May 12, 2015 MCBod rated it really liked it
Less educational about the jazz movement in general than Miles' book. But it did make me love the man, Dizzy. What a talented, generous and giving individual
Jim
Jul 14, 2012 Jim rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite all-time autobiographies. Dizzy has more good stories than there are musical notes in "Salt Peanuts".
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