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The Big Love: Life & Death with Bill Evans Paperback – February 17, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1456563097 ISBN-10: 1456563092 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (February 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456563092
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456563097
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #388,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Laurie Verchomin was born and raised on the Canadian prairies. She studied piano, voice, modern dance and theater in Edmonton, Alberta. As a young woman she had the great fortune to meet jazz icon Bill Evans. Her memoir records her own awakening into love, sex, drugs, spiritual enlightenment, death and jazz as well as the incendiary ascension of one of the worlds most beloved musicians. The Big Love ~ Life & Death with Bill Evans ( Volume 1) Laurie’s first book is now in 17 countries. A French translation is in production, and The Big Love is now being considered for development as a film or stage production. She has performed selected works from the book in New York with the composer/pianist Jed Distler as a part of the Composers Collaborative, and was recently interviewed for a new documentary film about Evans. She is also in the process of creating a multi-media ebook version of The Big Love. Currently she resides on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia with her partner and devotes her time to raising her 13 year old daughter, writing, tai chi and meditation. You can find out more about Laurie and her current projects at her blog site: laurieverchomin.com

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I'm reading this again for the 2nd time!
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And The Big Love is also the remarkable coming of age story of a young woman who courageously chose for creativity in her life.
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Bill Evans has influenced my approach to music, jazz and piano playing.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Robert Husband on April 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
Laurie, This morning I found a couple of hours to tumble into your world. Thank you for sharing such vivid memories of that incredible period of yours and Bill Evans' lives. The joy you felt comes through so clearly but you also communicate the fears and melancholy times so well that at times, while reading, I could have sworn I was sitting across the table from you in a New York coffee shop listening while it was all happening. Clearly, your spiritual view of life was part of what got you through the difficult times, but it sounds like it was a magical adventure that must have been inspiring for the emotion, the places, and the people. What a growing experience! As an Edmontonian, I got a real charge out of your mention of people and places close to home. And the descriptions with sights, sounds, and smells - well done! You really painted the scenes into life! Thanks again for sharing those times, the good and the not-so-good, and letting me in on the roller coaster ride of those 18 months. I will treasure the book and print always. I wish the best of luck to you and that the book gets recognition as an important piece of the puzzle that was Bill Evans".
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Brian Whistler VINE VOICE on May 30, 2012
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I have been a huge fan and of Bill Evans since I was a young man. It was his playing that inspired me to become a jazz pianist. Up until now, Bill's personal life was relegated to rumor and a few apocryphal stories. In his book "How My Heart Sings" , Peter Pettigrew made a point of leaving the shadows of Bill's life on the cutting room floor. In The Big Love, we are finally given a glimpse of the inner Bill Evans, his struggles with addiction and seemingly inevitable path towards self destruction.

But the Big Love is something more than an account of Evans' last tortured year. It is also a courageous and unflinching memoir of a young woman in search of herself who was drawn into the subterranean world of artists, actors and musicians living on the outer edge of experience in a time that encouraged wild experimentation. Thus it also serves as the story of one woman's journey of self discovery and her own artistic awakening.

I found Big Love to be a passionate and vivid account of the last year and a half of Bill Evans' life. Although The Big Love suffers occasionally from awkward prose which at times distracted this reader, the story is so compelling and the writing so honest that despite its shortcomings, I devoured the book in two short sittings. For devotees of the 'church of Bill,' this will be a painful but worthwhile initiation into the demons that haunted Mr Evans, and in taking the journey into the shadows, perhaps we gain some insight into what drove the man to be able to move us to emotional and spiritual depths that artists aspire to but rarely achieve.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 29, 2011
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Preface
Before I actually read this book, I had heard various comments about it, some flattering, some not. As there seemed to be no one stepping up to the plate to do a review, I purchased the book from Laurie and volunteered to review it for Jan Stevens' web site, "The Bill Evans Web Pages." It was a complex challenge, increasing my understanding of Bill and Laurie's relationship as well as revealing deeper visions of Bill's everyday living, loving and creating. Reading and re-reading this book, like listening to Bill's music, has been a life-changing experience for me as I expect it will be for you.
"The Big Love," is a love story, but unlike most. The stark realities of Laurie's coming-of-age before meeting Bill, and later, the dried up riverbeds of Bill's addiction are detailed in a narrative that might be shocking to some readers. Laurie writes in a sort of prose that is still liquid and finding its form as the book progresses. You might consider some of it explicit, maybe PG-13, even though quite appropriate to the situation.
In addition to her relationship with Bill, Laurie goes into great detail about the ups and downs of her personal life. We experience vivid details of her transformation from a young girl growing up in Canada in a semi-dysfunctional family. She experiences some difficult situations and sexual encounters through a fast-paced transition to adulthood. Her relationship with Bill figures prominently.
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
After an education that included music theory and a growing understanding of jazz, Laurie has her first encounter with Bill Evans while she is waitressing at a place called the Mayflower Restaurant on 97th Street in Edmonton.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Andrea on June 20, 2011
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Bill Evans has influenced my approach to music, jazz and piano playing. This book is really well written and shows a picture of Bill from a very intimate and personal point of view. It's absolutely an inspiring book and I must say I finished to read it in one day! I then checked out again some parts that fascinated me and sometimes I keep reading some pages, just to enter again in that magical atmosphere that Laurie has created and so perfectly written.
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More About the Author

Laurie Verchomin was born and raised on the Canadian prairies. She studied piano, voice, modern dance and theater in Edmonton, Alberta. As a young woman she had the great fortune to meet jazz icon Bill Evans. Her memoir records her own awakening into love, sex, drugs, spiritual enlightenment, death and jazz as well as the incendiary ascension of one of the worlds most beloved musicians.

The Big Love ~ Life & Death with Bill Evans ( Volume 1)

Laurie's first book is now in 17 countries. A French translation is in production, and The Big Love is now being considered for development as a film or stage production.

She has performed selected works from the book in New York with the composer/pianist Jed Distler as a part of the Composers Collaborative, and was recently interviewed for a new documentary film about Evans. She is also in the process of creating a multi-media ebook version of The Big Love.

Currently she resides on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia with her partner and devotes her time to raising her 13 year old daughter, writing, tai chi and meditation.

You can find out more about Laurie and her current projects at her blog site: laurieverchomin.com

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