4 Lives in the Bebop Business
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4 Lives in the Bebop Business

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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)
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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.
Tuck
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
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Andrew
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
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Oct 31, 2009 Chris rated it 5 of 5 stars
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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.
Charles
The unvarnished truth of life in the music business.
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