Myself When I Am Real
The Life and Music of Charles Mingus
ISBN10: 0195147111 ISBN13: 9780195147117 Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr on Demand Published: Nov 29 2001 Weight: 1.50lbs. Height: 9.50" Width: 6.25" Depth: 1.00" Language: English
Charles Mingus was one of the most innovative jazz musicians of the 20th century, and ranks with Charles Ives and Duke Ellington as one of America's greatest composers. By temperament, he was a high-strung and sensitive romantic, a towering figure whose tempestuous personal life found powerfully coherent expression in the ever-shifting textures of his music. Now, acclaimed music critic Gene Santoro strips away the myths shrouding "Jazz's Angry Man," revealing Mingus as more complex than even his close friends knew. Written in a lively, novelistic style, Myself When I Am Real draws on dozens of new interviews and previously untapped letters and archival materials to explore the intricate connections between this extraordinary man and the extraordinary music he made.