4 Lives in the Bebop Business
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

4 Lives in the Bebop Business

4.22 of 5 stars 4.22  ·  rating details  ·  45 ratings  ·  5 reviews
A group of resourceful kids start "solution-seekers.com," a website where "cybervisitors" can get answers to questions that trouble them. But when one questioner asks the true meaning of Christmas, the kids seek to unravel the mystery by journeying back through the prophecies of the Old Testament. What they find is a series of "S" words that reveal a "spectacular story!" W...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 1st 1985 by Limelight Editions (first published January 1st 1985)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
Moving to Higher Ground by Wynton MarsalisThe Bear Comes Home by Rafi ZaborThelonious Monk by Robin D.G. KelleyAfrican Rhythms by Randy WestonJazz Cosmopolitanism in Accra by Steven Feld
Books on Jazz
12th out of 83 books — 24 voters
Please Kill Me by Legs McNeilChronicles, Vol. 1 by Bob DylanLove is a Mix Tape by Rob SheffieldOur Band Could Be Your Life by Michael AzerradPsychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung by Lester Bangs
Best Non Fiction About Music
478th out of 757 books — 610 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 96)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Morris Nelms
For a jazz fan, a must. For anyone else, some fascinating insights into jazz musicians. The book is uneven in a sense, because some of the musicians are more 'uneven' than the others. Of course Cecil Taylor has a hard time selling his music.
very good inside look at jazz from the perspective of 4 little known and generally unappreciated musicians: Herbie Nichols, Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman, and Jackie McLean. man these dudes did NOT have an easy time of it and were really pushed down and aside most of the time. Author spellman i thought was not very good at setting these stories up though, too academic maybe? i've been told this is a great great jazz music book, but really i liked this book talking about kind of blue
The Making of...more
Insane that it took me this long to get to reading this book. The version I read was called "Black Music, four lives" which is a terrible title compared to this original. In any case, I loved how passionate and vocal Spellman was about calling injustices out- that kind of stuff is so fucking tempered these days taht music writing is almost inflammatorily boring. I'm gonna pick up the revised edition from the library later this week and see what the differences are, but I hope he hasn't edited it...more
Oct 31, 2009 Chris rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: i-own
Way the fuck seminal. Not about bebop - this is a first glimpse into what would become the free jazz era. Ugly-ass cover on that new version, though.
The unvarnished truth of life in the music business.
Julian Patton
Julian Patton marked it as to-read
Sep 08, 2014
Sam Flowers
Sam Flowers marked it as to-read
Aug 25, 2014
Rick Smith
Rick Smith marked it as to-read
Aug 02, 2014
Ray marked it as to-read
Jun 02, 2014
Starlon marked it as to-read
Jul 24, 2014
Norwood Pearson
Norwood Pearson marked it as to-read
Feb 17, 2014
Kevinrafto marked it as to-read
Feb 07, 2014
Simone marked it as to-read
Feb 01, 2014
Katie marked it as to-read
Jan 27, 2014
Gord Fynes
Gord Fynes is currently reading it
Jan 11, 2014
Junichi Sato
Junichi Sato marked it as to-read
Jan 02, 2014
Corey Kendrick
Corey Kendrick marked it as to-read
Dec 24, 2013
Jasmine marked it as to-read
Dec 23, 2013
Ricky Aha aha
Ricky Aha aha marked it as to-read
Nov 30, 2013
Seth marked it as to-read
Oct 12, 2013
Ryan marked it as to-read
Jul 18, 2013
Rian marked it as to-read
Jun 08, 2013
« previous 1 3 4 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Things I Must Have Known Four Jazz Lives Black Music, Four Lives Four Jazz Lives The Beautiful Days

Share This Book