Mingus a Critical Biography

  • Auteur: Brian Priestley
  • ISBN: 9780306802171
  • Date de sortie: 1984
  • Collection: Da Capo Press
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It would be no exaggeration to call Charles Mingus the greatest bass player in the history of jazz; indeed, some might even regard it as understatement, for the hurricane power of his work as a composer, teacher, band leader, and iconoclast reached far beyond jazz while remaining true to its heritage in the music of Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, and Thelonious Monk. In this new biography Brian Priestley has written a masterly study of Mingus’s dynamic career from the early years in Swing, to the escapades of the Bebop era, through his musical maturity in the ’50s when he directed a band that redefined collective improvisation in jazz. Woven in with exacting assessments of Mingus’s artistic legacy is the story of his volatile, unpredictable, sometimes dangerous personality. The book views Mingus as a black artist increasingly politicized by his situation, but also unreliable as a witness to his own persecution. Capturing him in all his furious contradictions—passionate, cool, revolutionary but with a keen sense of tradition—Brian Priestley has produced what can be called, again without exaggeration, the best biography of a jazz musician we have ever seen.

Beneath The Underdog

  • Auteur: Charles Mingus
  • ISBN: 1847676162
  • Date de sortie: 1998-10-15
  • Collection: Canongate Books
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Mingus by Mingus. From the shabby roadhouses to fabulous estates, from the psychiatric ward of Bellevue to worlds of mysticism and solitude, these are the celebrated, demonic, anguished and, above all, profoundly moving memoirs of the great jazz bassist and composer Charles Mingus. First published in 1971, Beneath the Underdog is a masterpiece of memoir, a riveting insight into one of the giants of twentieth century music.

Aesthetics of Resistance

  • Auteur: Mario Dunkel
  • ISBN: 3643902549
  • Date de sortie: 2012-10
  • Collection: LIT Verlag Münster
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This book illuminates the various ways in which Charles Mingus's music interacted with the sociocultural movements of the late 1950s and early 1960s. It explores the artist as a pioneer of an idiomatic aesthetics of resistance in jazz music that is rooted in African American traditions and is much more than merely a form of protest. Mingus's music presents a continuous challenge to an unimaginative, streamlined culture built on racism and conformity by openly protesting against it, by questioning its historical foundations, and by exemplifying its countercultural antithesis. (Series: MasteRResearch - Vol. 4)

Mingus Mingus

  • Auteur: Janet Coleman
  • ISBN:
  • Date de sortie: 1989
  • Collection: Berkeley : Creative Arts Book Company
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Two friends of the late jazz musician and composer relate their memories of him as their guide in the flamboyant literary art world of the Eisenhower/ Kennedy era, and as an abiding presence in their lives

Charles Mingus more than a fake book

  • Auteur: Charles Mingus
  • ISBN:
  • Date de sortie: 1991
  • Collection: Hal Leonard Corp
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This collection explores Mingus' background and prestigious career as well as 55 of his pieces. The stories behind each piece are given and accompanied by notes on how Mingus played the piece. Mingus photos, anecdotes, quotes and an extensive discography. Includes transcriptions derived from recordings of Mingus' small band compositions or resulting from Homzy's analyses of written scores or parts available in the Mingus archives.

The man who never sleeps

  • Auteur: H. Lukas Lindenmaier
  • ISBN:
  • Date de sortie: 1983
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Better Git It in Your Soul

  • Auteur: Krin Gabbard
  • ISBN: 0520963741
  • Date de sortie: 2016-02-08
  • Collection: Univ of California Press
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Charles Mingus is one of the most important—and most mythologized—composers and performers in jazz history. Classically trained and of mixed race, he was an outspoken innovator as well as a bandleader, composer, producer, and record-label owner. His vivid autobiography, Beneath the Underdog, has done much to shape the image of Mingus as something of a wild man: idiosyncratic musical genius with a penchant for skirt-chasing and violent outbursts. But, as the autobiography reveals, he was also a hopeless romantic. After exploring the most important events in Mingus’s life, Krin Gabbard takes a careful look at Mingus as a writer as well as a composer and musician. He digs into how and why Mingus chose to do so much self-analysis, how he worked to craft his racial identity in a world that saw him simply as “black,” and how his mental and physical health problems shaped his career. Gabbard sets aside the myth-making and convincingly argues that Charles Mingus created a unique language of emotions—and not just in music. Capturing many essential moments in jazz history anew, Better Git It in Your Soul will fascinate anyone who cares about jazz, African American history, and the artist’s life.
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