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.
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 4 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 6 months ago by les peetz
Mingus is a great story teller... If you've listened to his music then you already know that.
Nonetheless, its a very entertaining read; well written and funny as hell. Read more
This is one of the best autobiographies I have ever read. It is a truly generous book: Mingus really lets you into his compicated, inspired, and suffering mind. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Tom Nolan
A raw, surprising sexy book that ranges from a wild childhood through musical genius to the halls of a mental institution. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Paul Ehrmann
I am astonished at how few reviewers seem to "get" this book -- I knew it was a masterpiece, that much is obvious to me -- and it has fueled my love of Charles Mingus and his music... Read morePublished on January 12, 2012 by coverto