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The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker

Book - 2013 | First edition
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The first installment in the long-awaited portrait of one of the most talented and influential musicians of the twentieth century. Charlie Parker personified the tortured American artist: a revolutionary performer who used his alto saxophone to create a new music known as bebop even as he wrestled with a drug addiction that would lead to his death at 34. With the wisdom of a jazz scholar, the cultural insights of a social critic, and the narrative skill of a novelist, drawing on interviews with peers, collaborators, and family members, Stanley Crouch recreates Parker's Depression-era childhood; his early days navigating the Kansas City nightlife, inspired by lions like Lester Young and Count Basie; and on to New York, where he began to transcend the music he had mastered. Crouch reveals an ambitious young man torn between music and drugs, between his domineering mother and his impressionable young wife, whose teenage romance with Charlie lies at the bittersweet heart of this story.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins. It Books, [2013]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062005595
Branch Call Number: B PARKER
Characteristics: 365 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm


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May 11, 2015

The author has been writing about jazz for more than forty years, and is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship.
Crouch gives us a great biography, and a history of the rise of bebop. Sweet!

tailwagger Mar 10, 2014

Beautifully written, with incredible insight. A compelling piece of work with nary a sour note. Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in American history or contemporary music. It reminds me a little of Robert Caro's writing, a story told so well you forget it's non-fiction.

ChristchurchLib Feb 19, 2014

"The first of two volumes based on the life of one of the most talented and influential musicians of the 20th century reaches back past the legend to reveal Charlie Parker the wunderkind who was raised in the midst of the Depression in the wide-open town of Boss Tom Pendergast's Kansas City." Biography and Memoir February 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/0e887225-0b8a-4fa1-a3f4-f7a1eba4ffe0?postId=0eb00fdc-2a64-4083-8ac8-384add517db0


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