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Raise Up Off Me

4.45  ·  Rating Details ·  91 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Hampton Hawes [1928–1977] was one of jazz’s greatest pianists. Among his peers from California the self-taught Hawes was second only to Oscar Peterson. At the time of his celebration as New Star of the Year by downbeat magazine (1956), Hawes was already struggling with a heroin addiction that would lead to his arrest and imprisonment, and the interruption of a brilliant ca
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Hardcover, 179 pages
Published January 28th 1974 by Not Avail (first published 1974)
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Columbus
Dec 10, 2016 Columbus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is absolutely one of the best autobiographies I've ever read. It's considered one of the best music (auto)biographies of any genre ever written by many critics. Hampton Hawes was one of the best jazz pianists ever. Ever! The book was favorably received on publication by critics who recognized it by its "vivacity, humor and authenticity." It's extremely raw with much of the book related more to Hawes extensive bouts with drugs more than his incredible piano history. There's a long period in ...more
Max
Nov 07, 2013 Max rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books I've ever read about music -- and one of the best memoirs. Anyone interested in jazz or New York or black America or just simple, beautiful and balletic writing should find a copy of this. Or I'll lend you mine
Smith dobson
Oct 18, 2007 Smith dobson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in jazz
Perhaps this and Straight Life by Art Pepper are the most brutally honest and entertaining autobiographies ever written, (coincidentally both were jazz musicians that came out of the L.A. central avenue Bebop scene in the 40's). But Hawes' book is a bit more heartfelt, and his story is absolutely crammed with incredible global imagry, spanning from his L.A. roots, to Japan, to Europe,
to various prisons. The book includes a shocking presidential pardon by John F. Kennedy when Hawes was incarcerat
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Tim Niland
Feb 07, 2011 Tim Niland rated it really liked it
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Jazz pianist Hampton Hawes led an extraordinary life (a lot of living crammed into just 48 years! and this biography, published near the time of his death in 1977, details his adventures and mis-adventures. He was a child prodigy on the keyboard, learning from family members with little formal training. Pretty soon he was gigging on the competitive Los Angeles jazz scene on the legendary Central Avenue with the likes of saxophonist Wardell Gray and Charles Migus. Like the man he idolized, saxoph ...more
Daniel Mcbrearty
For anyone interested in jazz, this is an essential read. Hawes, as well as being one of the greats of jazz piano, was an honest and often amusing story teller, and he pulls no punches in his account of life as a nascent be-bopper in 50s America and Japan. From his beginnings as the son of, from the sound of it, a somewhat sanctimonious and hypocritical minister, to his meeting and playing with Charlie Parker (which he describes as the moment that he found God), to his time in Japan with the mil ...more
Drucifer
Mar 10, 2009 Drucifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
filled with great language and rhythm, this is an excellent counterpoint to art pepper's "the straight life" as it takes place during the same time frame and involves many of the same people and venues. both pepper and hawes survived nasty heroin addictions and became worthy contributors to the west coast jazz canon.
Simon Sweetman
May 31, 2016 Simon Sweetman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best music memoirs I've read in a while, gives off the actual vibe and mood of jazz and the setting and scene/s. Also a great (grim) junkie tale. A must-read. Magic. Always loved his playing - but his voice is so strong here in this largely unapologetic tale of gettin' it done.
Tim
Dec 06, 2013 Tim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
one of the best jazz books and best biographies period i've read. swinging.
Distress Strauss
Jul 24, 2007 Distress Strauss rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a pianist, Hawes was always a bit too delicate for my taste, but as a junkie, jailbird memoirist, he's aces.
Ali Miremadi
Jun 07, 2016 Ali Miremadi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent autobiography. I really enjoyed it. Also listening to his 1950s recordings, which I hadn't come across previously.
Fabrizio
Mar 01, 2014 Fabrizio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Strong, hard, sad, extremely funny. But most of all, real.
Best book i've read in a long time.
Thomas
May 17, 2009 Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyed his stories, experiences, insights! A must read for Jazz Historians.
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