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Four Lives in the Bebop Business

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  62 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
This book offers biographical sketches and quotations from four black musicians: Herbie Nichols, Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman, and Jackie McLean. Photographs. 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 ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 1st 1985 by Limelight Editions (first published January 1st 1985)
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Bill  Kerwin
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it

Published in 1966, this book shows us how the lives and artistic fates of four influential musicians were affected by the atmosphere, business practices and prejudices of the jazz world during the late '40's and '50's: 1) the uncompromising classically-trained composer Cecil Taylor, 2) the innovative romantic artist Ornette Coleman, 3) the professional stalwart turned innovator, Jackie Taylor, and 4) Herbie Nichols.

A.B. Spellman is an able historian and interviewer who knows his subjects well, h
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Morris Nelms
Apr 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 05, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
dimwig
Apr 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
somehow i've lost my copy which is a damn shame cuz this book is gold. just noticed that spellman wrote an obituary for ornette in the wire (aug 2015). still a brilliant writer. don't think i've read anything really that captures jazz so well. not romantic -- critical close-listening culminating in deserved immersion.
Charles
Sep 28, 2007 rated it really liked it
The unvarnished truth of life in the music business.
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Certainly not Four Lives in the Bebop Business.
Chris
Oct 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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.
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