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Jaco: The Extraordinary and Tragic Life of Jaco Pastorius Paperback – Deluxe Edition, November 1, 2005
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Top Customer Reviews
I was excited to pick up this "10th anniversary edition" with "the new insights of the early years" and the "new revelations about his tragic final days..."
There is more early years coverage, thanks in large part to Bob Bobbing, Jaco's friend and audio-biographer (the CD included with the book is from the Jaco, the Early Years box set). However, I found this book to be full of typos, passages that appear unedited, repetitive and rambling.
The "new revelations" about his final days were very confusing. Milkowski seems to want to cast doubt over what was regarded as the incident between Jaco and Luc Havan, though it bounces around between Havan actually killing him, to other vague passages that cause more confusion than provide any insight.
This is a sad book, but it has to be, unfortunately. Reading it this time gave me the same feeling as last. I wish someone could have broken through to help him, as impossible as it was to do that.
For those who had the chance to appreciate his music live or for so many that are grooving to Jaco many years after his death, the updated biography - with a CD that includes additional material - by Bill Milkowski is the best way to piece together the complicated rise and fall of the brilliant musician.
Milkowski has exhaustive interviews with musicians, family members, media, friends and lovers that are split in chapters to coincide with his years as a musician with a dream, the height of musical achievement and then leaving Weather Report, and the controversial years after leaving the group that found Jaco spiralling out of control personally and musically.
That Jaco was a musical genius cannot be denied. The book will leave you wondering why Jaco - as with too many artists - took his gift and tossed it into the abyss of "what could have been."
Also there's some good information that, as a bass player myself, I can put to use. Books that inspired Jaco and where he gained valuable information.
Definitely worth the price of admission
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I only write a review if I love something. This book is amazing. The life of AJXO is a movie waiting to happen. I might have to do it myself!Published 9 months ago by JBoogie
This is a good book...that could've used a great proof reader. The punctuation and overall grammar errors are atrocious and make it confusing for the reader. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Richard A Rossetti
I read every book I can get on the lives of jazz musicians. This is one of the better ones. Very well written. Read morePublished 15 months ago by david m martin
It truly was an extraordinary life. Unfortunately, his mental disease got the best of him. This is an exquisite look into the life one of the best electric bass players in the... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Victor L. Torres
Sad story. Who know what might have been if he had lived. Mental illness took this man from us.Published 21 months ago by Eric
Loved it. As a bassist myself I really enjoyed reading about Jacos life in music. Also interested about how his life took its downward spiral.Published on June 14, 2014 by Jazzbass
Just when you think that you knew everything there is to know about Jaco, along comes this book with information that reveals so much more. Read morePublished on May 28, 2014 by Jqau's truth