- Paperback: 424 pages
- Publisher: Citadel Underground; Reissue edition (December 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0806512059
- ISBN-13: 978-0806512051
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #858,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The club owners who employed Mezzrow were prohibition era gangsters including Al Capone. The gangsters were interesting louts. Capone once wanted Mezzrow to fire a girl singer who was developing a romantic relationship with Capone's younger brother. Capone said, "she can't sing anyway." Mezzrow was so upset that he told Capone, "why, you couldn't even tell good whisky if you smelled it and that's your racket, so how do you figure to tell me about music." (sic) Feisty!
Mezzrow wrote this book in 1946, and he uses 20's era slang to tell his story. This is as groovie as a 10 cent movie, jack. It's also fun.
Mezzrow's maniacal enthusiasm for early jazz is endearing. Not many people who were actually present at the time considered jazz music to be important enough to write books about. Part of Mezzrow's purpose is to convince the reader that jazz music is important. One of the earlier reviewers compares Mezzrow's book unfavorably to Louis Armstrong's autobiography, Satchmo. Armstong's book is good, but Mezzrow's book is more honest than Armstrong's. Armstrong was born into dire poverty. His mother may have been a prostitute, and he was placed in an orphanage at an early age.Read more ›
Although Milton "Mezz" Mesirow is generally remembered as one of the best jazz musicians, Mesirow was in-fact a very technically skilled clarinetist and quite knowledgable about the workings of the jazz music industry. Milton's life was often a product of the demands of the music industry which he found himself.
His personality could best be viewed as a reflection of the rough-and-tumble environment of mob-controlled, Prohibition-era Chicago. Due to the uncertainty of the circumstances abound, Mezz was a fearless rebel-rouser. He took risks, such as smuggling some twenty joints into a New York night club. He was stopped and caught by the police, a violation for which he was arrested and taken to jail. When he arrived, Mezzrow successfully persuaded the officials to let him stay in a black section of the segregated prison by convincing them that he was African American.
In addition to music, race-relations emerges as a theme in the autobiography. Mezz married a black woman, played music like a black person, and was more interested in black culture than in white culture. Mezz also dealt marijuana in spades. His marijuana dealing perhaps earned him higher distinction than his jazz playing. In the lingo of the time, "Mezz" became slang for marijuana. Milton also gained the nickname "Muggles King," at the time "muggles" being a slang word for marijuana.Read more ›
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It shouldn't surprise anyone that Woody Allen lists "Really the Blues" as one of his top five favorite books. And, why not? Read morePublished 5 months ago by Peter Baklava
Enjoyed the book but the copy I received was in poor condition. The binding was so dried out that as each page was turned it fell out. Read morePublished 8 months ago by grumpy
This is a really fascinating book. I'm taking a class in the history of jazz and we were assigned this book to read. It is really good.Published 12 months ago by Jim Rhodes
I have been told it is very good, and eye opening
but I bought it for a present Anyone who is
interested in the" facts" not fiction, about
the American new York... Read more
As a musician, a reed player at that, I couldn't help but to identify with the struggles in honing one's skills to be accepted as a musician by one's peers. Read morePublished 18 months ago by martin Snelwar
He seems to have known them all, especially New Orleans style musicians. Also his problems with drug addiction, and kicking the habit cold turkey.Published 22 months ago by Jan K. Labij
I first read "Really the Blues" as a white kid in the sixties. My father had it. Lucky for me, my pappy also had a large collection of vinyl, jazz from the twenties on up... Read morePublished on December 30, 2013 by barely ablemann
Mezz is really the Mezz...it's just bangin', man, bangin', and well written, I especially liked the fact that the cover was made entirely of cannabis, which you don't find of all... Read morePublished on June 30, 2013 by ed sugar