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WESTLOWER
18-01-2018, 19:01
I thought I'd start a thread on a few books on Interesting people
Around the jazz genre over the years.
The first I'd like to recommend is
the Art Pepper autobiography "straight life"

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Straight-Life-Story-Art-Pepper/dp/1841950645

http://i.imgur.com/IPG9Sec.jpg

It's an incredible story of a creative soul, drugs, family, the music business
Prison and much more.

A cracking read!

WESTLOWER
09-02-2018, 10:07
Dr. John Under a a Hoodoo Moon...
Top auto biography of the great 'Night Tripper', Malcolm Rebennack!
Wow, what a story, what a life!
Check it out, it is a stupendous read.

Publisher; St. Martin's Griffin
ISBN: 0312131976

http://i.imgur.com/aUqjc8n.jpg

Barry
10-02-2018, 20:43
It would help if you could list the publisher and the ISBN for these, and future, recommendations.

Thanks

WESTLOWER
10-02-2018, 21:55
It would help if you could list the publisher and the ISBN for these, and future, recommendations.

Thanks

No problem!!

WESTLOWER
10-02-2018, 22:02
Art Pepper autobiography "straight life"

publisher: Cannongate
ISBN: 1841950645

WESTLOWER
13-03-2018, 10:56
As Serious as Your Life: Story of the New Jazz
by Valerie Wilmer

ISBN-10: 1788160711
ISBN-13: 978-1788160711

Traces the history of American jazz through its greatest musicians, providing detailed bibliographical material on John Coltrane, Sun Ra, Ornette Coleman and many others. The author also explores the culture of jazz, shaped by tradition and economic and social forces.

http://i.imgur.com/YHuK6ju.jpg

morpeth
03-02-2020, 18:09
Excellent thread. I love both the Val Wilmer and Art Pepper's autobiography... Will have to seek out the book on Dr John.

One of the finest books about jazz that I know of is Geoff Dyer's But Beautiful
Publisher: Canongate Books; Main edition (10 May 2012)
ISBN-10: 0857864025
ISBN-13: 978-0857864024

- lightly fictionalised portraits of Monk, Mingus, Chet Baker, Art Pepper and others. Quite brilliantly done - funny and moving and seems to get inside the music in unexpected ways.

Metlor
04-02-2020, 21:58
One for the kids at the back of the class who like to look at pictures (me)

"The cover art of Blue Note records"
Graham Marsh and Glyn Callingham.
Isbn 978-1-84340-599-3
Collins and Brown.

WESTLOWER
04-02-2020, 22:22
Excellent thread. I love both the Val Wilmer and Art Pepper's autobiography... Will have to seek out the book on Dr John.

One of the finest books about jazz that I know of is Geoff Dyer's But Beautiful
Publisher: Canongate Books; Main edition (10 May 2012)
ISBN-10: 0857864025
ISBN-13: 978-0857864024

- lightly fictionalised portraits of Monk, Mingus, Chet Baker, Art Pepper and others. Quite brilliantly done - funny and moving and seems to get inside the music in unexpected ways.

Nice one !
I’ll check this out. Thanks for contributing
Sounds right up my alley!

WESTLOWER
04-02-2020, 22:25
One for the kids at the back of the class who like to look at pictures (me)

"The cover art of Blue Note records"
Graham Marsh and Glyn Callingham.
Isbn 978-1-84340-599-3
Collins and Brown.

Yes indeed who doesn’t love the Blue Note cover art.
I have both volumes of those, lovely things (wish they’d done a hard back edition) :cool:

Metlor
05-02-2020, 19:30
My copy is hard back, I think it's both volumes in one.

morpeth
07-02-2020, 10:57
Nice one !
I’ll check this out. Thanks for contributing
Sounds right up my alley!

You're welcome. Hope it works for you. I like Geoff Dyer very much as a writer; this was the first thing of his I read. He's very good on photography - there's a nice deconstruction of a Milt Hinton photo in But Beautiful - and his book on Tarkovsky's Stalker (called Zona: a book about a film about a journey to a room) is outstanding.

WESTLOWER
07-02-2020, 11:22
You're welcome. Hope it works for you. I like Geoff Dyer very much as a writer; this was the first thing of his I read. He's very good on photography - there's a nice deconstruction of a Milt Hinton photo in But Beautiful - and his book on Tarkovsky's Stalker (called Zona: a book about a film about a journey to a room) is outstanding.

very interesting.
btw Milt Hinton...the Bassist? didn't know he was a snapper also! :)

Geoff Dyer's But Beautiful on order...

morpeth
07-02-2020, 15:27
btw Milt Hinton...the Bassist? didn't know he was a snapper also! :)


Yes, Milt Hinton the bassist. I haven't seen many of his photos ... This is a lovely shot of Red Allen, Ben Webster and Pee Wee Russell killing time before a TV studio performance:

https://pencilofthesun.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/milt-hinton_ben-webster-red-allen-and-pee-wee-russell.jpg

WESTLOWER
07-02-2020, 16:07
Yes, Milt Hinton the bassist. I haven't seen many of his photos ... This is a lovely shot of Red Allen, Ben Webster and Pee Wee Russell killing time before a TV studio performance:

https://pencilofthesun.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/milt-hinton_ben-webster-red-allen-and-pee-wee-russell.jpg

evocative of the era, excellent

take5
07-02-2020, 16:19
very interesting.
btw Milt Hinton...the Bassist? didn't know he was a snapper also! :)

...

Yes, he was very well known for his photographs.

I have a book of them somewhere, but canít lay my hands on it right now.

What is so great about many of them is that it isnít the usual stuff of someone playing on a stage with a sax in his mouth etc etc, with a photographer crouched down just below the stage.
Because he would often be on the gig, he has access to places and situations that normal photographers never see.
So, you see pictures in the dressing room of someone snoozing, or with a fag dangling from a mouth, or three guys sitting 3 feet away from, and checking out a guitarist, playing the chords to a tune they are about to play. Etc etc etc
Fantastic, natural, unposed photos capturing jazz giants, in normal situations.

Well worth looking for his photos.