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Deep in a Dream: The Long Night of Chet Baker Paperback – July 1, 2011
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Gavin also looks long and hard at Baker the son, the husband, the father, the lover, the person. He frames the man as having two obsessions: dope and music, both of which depended heavily on the other. Everything else in life was secondary, with much of it merely a nuisance to Chet. Jazz and heroin were the only things that were easy for him, and he devoted every possible moment to both. Gavin does a superior job of bringing this life to focus.
I suppose for some there is some voyeuristic satisfaction in wading through the mess of one's life - not a healthy thing to do. I still await a responsible biography..
The dist jacket of the book says it all: he chose two grotesque pictures of Chet Baker.
Interesting to read about Baker's various relationships, both in an out of the industry, including his working relationship with Gerry Mulligan and Stan Getz. Gavin also does a good job detailing how Baker insecurities made him lean more and more on drugs, and how drugs ultimately ruined his career and life.
As the story unfolds we see how Baker became more and more reliant on drugs, doing anything to get a fix. A very scary story, and one that is told well by Gavin.
Baker's musical legacy has been debated by the experts for many years. Charlie Parker, after hearing him on the West Coast, raved about his talents. Certainly Baker deserves a place in the history of jazz, and, if you're a fan of jazz, Gavin's biography of him is well worth your time.
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Cons: 1. The author provided a largely negative portrayal of Chet.Read more
It really doesn't matter much if you know or not who Chet Baker was when you start reading his biography by James Gavin.Read more