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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; Reprint edition (April 13, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306813521
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306813528
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,148,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Seventy-eight-year-old pianist, vocalist and jazz impresario Wein is one of the key figures responsible for polishing jazz's image, as he charted new directions and gained respect for the music by creating such vibrant venues as the Newport Jazz Festival. While doing so, Wein, who is white, also confronted and helped change the face of racist America. Wein and Chinen present the story of a 50-year career with smooth transitions, mellow flow and continuity. From his Boston beginnings as a teenage professional pianist and his WWII experiences, Wein segues into his postwar nightly gigs and college graduation. In 1950, he opened a Boston jazz club, Storyville, and soon launched a record label. But why jazz amid Newport's bygone Gilded Age architecture? It began with wealthy Elaine Lorillard's 1953 comment to Wein, "Oh, it's terribly boring in the summer. There's just nothing to do." Wein recalls, "I didn't even know what a jazz festival would consist of.... I had no rule book to go by." He juxtaposes his memories of early Newport triumphs, conflicts, disasters and riots with source material. These recollections bring the central core of the book to a crescendo, along with backward glances at other festivals, including New Orleans's JazzFest, where the "long-lost career" of Professor Longhair, a forgotten founding father of Big Easy R&B, skyrocketed after Wein brought him back from total obscurity in 1971. Wein's experiences with musicians, from Miles to Mingus, make this an important, valuable addition to the jazz history shelf. It's a fact-filled, melodic memoir, swinging with emotion and energy. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Review

"A fascinating personal memoir from the premier producer of jazz events throughout the world...a page turner." -- Jazz Notes March/April 2004

"A music lover's treasure trove." -- New Orleans Times-Picayune

"Wein is one of the two or three most important people in the history of jazz...Fascinating...Essential." -- Choice December 2003

"Wein preside[d] over hundreds of memorable performances, some of them-like Duke Ellington's career-reviving appearance in '56-now legendary." -- Jazziz April 2004

"Wein's prose is active, direct, and unflinchingly honest...A tale worth telling-and reading." -- Jazziz January 2004

"[A] charming, informative, conversational and opinionated memoir...filled with fine stories and colorful personalities...Heartfelt and highly readable." -- January Magazine December 2003

"[A] welcome addition to any jazz lover's bookshelf." -- Hartford Courant 12/07/03

"[This] autobiography has the musical pulse of a great concert. It's a literary festival, a feast of fascinating information." -- Variety 12/22/03

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And, along the way some of Mr. Wein's direct and personal experiences with many of the musicians.
U.B. Ware
George Wein has blessed music lovers by utilizing his God-given business acumen to influence the way live music is presented.
R. J. Marsella
A "must read" for anyone interested in jazz, music, nostalgia, or a great real life story.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By V. Bishop on May 21, 2003
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I'm only up to page 128 in this wonderful book but am already completely enthralled. As Nat Hentoff said, "He has known more musicians-some very well indeed-than any writer on jazz, and he certainly knows the business end." To read personal accounts of his relationships and experiences with almost every jazz legend I've ever heard of (and some from before my time as well) is mesmerizing. And George Wein's personal life outside of jazz is not exactly "chopped liver" either!! The book is written with a wealth of knowledge, intelligence, insight, warmth, humor and humility. The only criticism I have is that the book is only a little over 500 pages!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Hoffman on September 20, 2003
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George Wein's wonderful memoir, "Myself Among Others", might just as well have been titled, "Payback Time". Although he chided Alberta Hunter for using the expression, as she mounted the stage, after many years in obscurity, followed by renewed stardom in the eighties, I can't help feeling that George is muttering that phrase to himself, as he rollcalls those sometime irresponsible, sometime neurotic, sometime drug addicted children the world knows as "jazz artists".
George knows the territory very well. As a teenage fan, very competent pianist and singer , jazz night club entreprenuer, and promoter of the "daddy" of the outdoor music festivals, "The Newport Jazz Festival", and oh yes, lecturer at Harvard, in his custom designed jazz course, dare anyone tell George anything about jazz, and the wonderful lunatics that people the jazz world?
Here is what it's like to do business with artists worshipped the world over, like Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, Chet Baker, Count Basie, Stan Getz, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus. Space precludes naming them all. In addition to dealing with these "darlings", were the torrential rains at outdoor perfomances, political opposition from irrate townspeople, and the piece de resistance of booking concerts, other promoters dissapearing with George's money.
Maybe the presence of a natural built in Prozac machine kept George sane through this craziness, but I have another theory. His passion for the music. When you are hearing a Louis Armstrong, or a Charlie Parker and you truly "get it", there is something that goes beyond mere entertainment, or an expert improvisor.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Penny Reads on May 20, 2003
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A "must read" for anyone interested in jazz, music, nostalgia, or a great real life story. It's worth buying just for the photos. Wein is a major cultural icon of our age.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Marsella on August 28, 2004
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George Wein has blessed music lovers by utilizing his God-given business acumen to influence the way live music is presented. He has blessed us again with this warm and well written memoir that contains a wealth of anecdotes regarding a who's who in American music in the later haalf of the 20th century. George Wein started out as a jazz pianist but his exposure to so many legendary jazz performers brought him to the realization that his talent for the business side of music may have exceeded his actual musical ability. He devoted himself to promoting jazz performances and performers ultimately becoming the driving force behind the famed Newport Jazz Festival. Along the way he has countless stories to share regarding the great legends of jazz with whom he became acquainted. Branching out to promote folk music festivals and having some intersting experiences with the newly emerging Rock culture , George adapted his approach and enjoyed some additional successes. The book includes characters such as Ellington, Basie, Armstrong, Monk, Coltrane, Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, etc, etc.

This is a very entertaining book for music lovers of all stripes but will have special significance for the jazz lover since George Wein is clearly a jazz lover and speaks the language. A great book.
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This is a great book regarding how all of these festivals produced by George Wein came about. And, along the way some of Mr. Wein's direct and personal experiences with many of the musicians. Being a jazz musician myself, I found this most interesting giving me a keen inside look at music and some historical events I overlooked along the way while collecting jazz books over the years. I was lucky to meet Mr. Wein after his group performed for some local benefit..a small gathering, but none the less Mr. Wein added his touch on piano as leader. A wonderful musician along with being a promoter of many famous festivals. As it was as his group packed up and Mr. Wein sat at the piano gathering his notes and music, I approached him and we talked. He was a very kind person and spent time chatting. He never rushed me aside. This made an impression on me knowing his legacy even back then (ca 1989-90). And, even at this post, Mr. Wein is still active and is open working with fellow musicians. The book is filled with many of Mr. Weins experiences along with anecdotes. One comes to mind within the book where accordingly Monk was even late for his own funeral.

I gathered much from the book and passed it along to one of my bandmates who is the festival director for the "JuneTeenth Jazz Festival" each year in Arizona.
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