A must read for anyone interested in music.
It seems as if he knows that the reader is probably familiar with his music, and is trying to make us understand WHY his music is as it is, and it's a smart move.
His observations and they way he expresses himself are amazing both via his music and his writing.
Love his music, but after reading this, not sure I'd like the man. Low rating is not because I don't like the man, but because it did sound a little self-indulgent at times, and... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Sensei Oddsox
I read this book years ago and had to put it down halfway through. I love his music and though I can understand and accept that he was difficult to work with, after reading what I... Read morePublished 28 days ago by blutenist
Mingus was a great musician but not a great writer. I love his music!Published 2 months ago by Diane R. Barkin
I don't agree with this guy's lifestyle, but he told an interesting story.Published 3 months ago by Jenny
brilliant book, given to me by a writing teacher as a gift. that was a compliment. Mingus is every bit as great with words as with music. Raw, edgy, sock it to em prose. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Annie Lanzillotto author of L is for Lion
Almost five stars for one of the most protean figures (in or out of jazz) that I know of. Les PeetzPublished 9 months ago by les peetz