- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: Backbeat Books (September 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 087930426X
- ISBN-13: 978-0879304263
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jaco Paperback – September 1, 1996
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I gave this review the title "Heartbreaking" because I knew Jaco. We were not close freinds, but I used to run into him often; we both lived in New York City. Now, everyone who lived in NYC at the time had a "Jaco Story"; some outrageous anecdote of his antics. But I'd like to share something a bit different.
One night Jaco and I were hanging out in the Village. He and I were talking, mostly about music. But in the midst of the conversation, he told me "You know, I tell people that I like to party and take chances; but the truth is I wish I could give up drinking and drugs. But I don't know how". I didn't know what to tell him, and I don't remember how I replied; nor can I say what prompted him to say this to me.
Four years later he left town and never returned.
Despite his demons and his sickness; in addition to Jaco being an astonishing musician, he was, when he was "himself", a really nice and likeable guy.
Having read biographies of Charlie Parker, I was struck by the similarities between the two who died far too young. Both lived to excess and died as a result of their debilitating addictions. And both turned the jazz world on its ear with their exhilharating innovations.
I found this book to be pretty inspirational, at least in terms of Jaco's virtuosity. It is also an interesting tale about how NOT to live. Nevertheless, I found Milkowski's style to be to more like a lengthy DownBeat article than what one might expect in a 200+ page biography. I wish that he had probed Jaco's psychological problems more, offering some more in-depth analysis on what led him to such a self-destructive lifestyle. Rather, he spends little time on the precursors of Jaco's mental illness, and prefers to give anecdotes and concrete examples of his drug and alcohol problems. True, he goes into some explicit detail about Jaco's binges, but says far too little about Jaco's severely pathological narcissism, which seems to have fueled his frustrations. What led to Jaco's grandiosity? Truly, he had a world class personality disorder, yet Milkowski pretty much ignores this.
Maybe I expect too much; Milkowski is a music writer, not a shrink, but when psychopathology is so extreme, I think a more analytical account is more than warranted. Maybe someone else will eventually tackle the psyche of who who Peter Erskine's psychiatrist father described to a fellow psychiatrist upon Jaco's stay at Bellevue, "the most challenging case you will ever see."
But all that aside, the book is a quick and enjoyable read, and anything about Jaco is probably worthwhile.
A suitable amount of rare pictures and a TON of stories told by musicians, friends and family are included throughout the book. This is information you are not likely to find anywhere else. If you think you know everything about Jaco and haven't read this book you either knew him very well or you're way off.
The book is easy to read and easy to understand for die-hard Jaco fans as well as for people who are just being introduced to the genius.
In my edition (released in 1996,) a CD with 3 tracks from the Birthday Concert is included, but I don't know if the CD is included in newer editions...
Anyway...don't hesitate...it's $10!
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