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Beneath the Underdog by Charles Mingus
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Dec 06, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: 50-book-challenge-2011, borrowed-bison, read-borrowed
Read from December 04 to 06, 2011

What appealed to me the most about this bio was the aspect of Kerouac that played out in the prose. It was a story that just refused to end. Mingus manages to write the single most unmusical story involving a legion of jazz legends that I could conceive of. What really didn't appeal to me was his nonstop abuse of the women in his life. He was a pimp, and a con man of the worst sort. How do you reconcile that with the music he manages to create during his career? At least we don't have to within this book because he so rarely mentions his music!

Oh well..it's done.

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