This is one of the best autobiographies I have ever read.
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 24 days 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 2 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 8 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 9 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
People have strong opinions about this book. I think it's brilliant. One of my favorite (exaggerated) autobiographies. Less music, more mental institutions and pimping. Read morePublished on September 6, 2011 by Dave Naz
This is a good look at the life of Mingus, written in a very open, honest and conversational style. It isn't so much about his music life, as about his lifestyle that helped create... Read morePublished on March 5, 2011 by Spider Monkey