Reading Jazz: A Gathering of Autobiography, Reportage, and Criticism from 1919 to Now
Good, the cover has some folds, and the pages themselves in very good shape.
Paperback, 1088 pages
Published October 26th 1999 by Vintage
(first published 1996)
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I picked up this book at a friend's house--I've just started learning about jazz music (even though I worked at a jazz station as a news announcer in my younger days). I found some of it boring but most of it was interesting, even captivating. In particular, I enjoyed the sections written or narrated by the artists themselves--for instance, Miles Davis explaining why Charlie Parker was really kind of a "motherfu**er".
1000pp of writing on jazz music and musicians, organized into three sections: autobiographical excerpts, reportage, and criticism. the autobiographies are a gold mine, the reportage often dated but sometimes delightful, the criticism worth reading. 5 stars for the first section alone; the other two might get 4 stars for uneven quality. huge, essential tome.
Feb 01, 2013 Barbara rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: jazz lovers
Recommended to Barbara by: Greg Caz
Reading Jazz is a compendium of superb writings on jazz musicians. It is divided by musician and is a reference book I treasure. Anyone of significant influence in the jazz world from 1919 to the early 90's is here. I particularly enjoy the actual reportage included from the musicians' heydays.
Robert Gottlieb has been the editor in chief of Alfred A. Knopf and The New Yorker. He is the author of Sarah: The Life of Sarah Bernhard, George Balanchine: The Ballet Maker, Lives and Letters (FSG, 2011), and Great Expectations and is the dance critic for The New York Observer.More about Robert Gottlieb...