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Chasin' the Bird: The Life and Legacy of Charlie Parker

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Charlie Parker has been idolized by generations of jazz musicians and fans. Indeed, his spectacular musical abilities--his blinding speed and brilliant improvisational style--made Parker a legend even before his tragic death at age thirty-four.
Now, in Chasin' The Bird, Brian Priestley offers a marvelous biography of this jazz icon, ranging from his childhood in Kansas Cit
Hardcover, 242 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 2005)
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Jeff Crompton
Dec 19, 2014 Jeff Crompton rated it really liked it
This book is an expansion of Priestley's short volume on Parker published in 1984 in the Jazz Masters series. In its expanded version, it's still not a long book, but Priestley shows excellent insight; he almost always focuses on the most important biographical and musical details. There is a lengthy discography, which covers all of Parker's issued recordings, at least up until 2006, when this book was published. This feature will likely seem a waste of space to the casual reader, but it's extre ...more
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Charlie "Bird" Parker was an amazing jazz player who, along with Dizzy Gillespie and others, helped form the Bop movement. Unfortunately, he was also unable to keep his addictions under control and ended up dead at the age of 34. The doctor, according to Priestley, thought he was 53 at the time of death, the drugs and alcohol had wrecked his body so badly.

This book is the story, as best as can be pieced together from sketchy sources and unreliable loves, of the talented and troubled young man wh
Aug 07, 2007 Bob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read several Parker biographies and this seems to be the best. It doesn't shy away from the addictions, but the focus is on the music. Huge discography in appendices.
Jan 26, 2011 Jeff rated it did not like it
I read like 3 pages and just really did not like the writing style. There have to be other good Charlie Parker biographies to read.
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