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All What Jazz: A Record Diary, 1961-1971

3.67  ·  Rating Details  ·  46 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Paperback, 322 pages
Published October 1st 1985 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published June 10th 1985)
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Jeff Crompton
May 21, 2014 Jeff Crompton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So why should one read criticism by a writer who is often, to put it bluntly, flat-out wrong?

I admire Larkin as a poet, but I first read this book, a collection of his monthly jazz columns written for the Daily Telegraph, before I had read any of his poetry. I've read it at least once from cover to cover, but it is one of my favorite books to pull off the shelf and thumb through, reading bits at random. Why, if Larkin is so often wrong?

And wrong he is, much of the time. Larkin was what used to
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Mmars
Nov 17, 2012 Mmars rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unfortunately GR doesn't have an image of the edition I checked out from the library. It's booklover eye candy. Larkin's image is imposed in front of two shelves of jazz books including some from two series: the "Jazz Book Club" and "Kings of Jazz" and one in which Larkin's ear covers the title but a piano keyboard runs down the spine. Ooooh, I wish I owned that book, whatever it is.

This edition was published in 1970 and is subtitled "A Record Diary 1961-68." It's a compilation of monthly artic
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Chris Lilly
Philip Larkin was a deeply unpleasant human being who wrote a number of exceptionally fine poems. Being talented doesn't make you nice, or vice versa. He wrote pieces on jazz for the Daily Torygraph for a decade (61-71) and believed he was observing jazz going to hell in a hand basket, as bop became the standard, and post-bop and free form jazzers overtook the big band and Dixieland heroes of Larkin's youth. He writes well of the players he likes, particularly Ellington and Armstrong, Bechet and ...more
Bob Primosch
A fun read even if you haven't heard any of the records he's reviewed -- his writing style and attention to detail brings you in. Some might say his dislike of folks like Miles and Coltrane (and modern jazz generally, especially free jazz) discredits him, but his arguments are reasoned well enough regardless if you agree with him. My only complaint is the length -- nearly 300 pages of record reviews stretched my patience a bit.
Lysergius
Aug 11, 2014 Lysergius rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: music
A mixed bag of record review, mostly Jazz from the 1960s and early 1970s. OK, if you accept that the review has some strong preferences, he does not like Coltrane, but like Armstrong. Useful as a reference.
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Philip Arthur Larkin, CH, CBE, FRSL, was an English poet, novelist and jazz critic. He spent his working life as a university librarian and was offered the Poet Laureateship following the death of John Betjeman, but declined the post. Larkin is commonly regarded as one of the greatest English poets of the latter half of the twentieth century. He first came to prominence with the release of his thi ...more
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“...men whose first coronary is coming like Christmas; who drift, loaded helplessly with commitments and obligations and necessary observances, into the darkening avenues of age and incapacity, deserted by everything that once made life sweet. These I have tried to remind of the excitement of jazz and tell where it may still be found.” 5 likes
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