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Myself Among Others: A Life In Music Paperback – April 13, 2004
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"A music lover's treasure trove." -- New Orleans Times-Picayune
"Wein is one of the two or three most important people in the history of jazz...Fascinating...Essential." -- Choice December 2003
"Wein preside[d] over hundreds of memorable performances, some of them-like Duke Ellington's career-reviving appearance in '56-now legendary." -- Jazziz April 2004
"Wein's prose is active, direct, and unflinchingly honest...A tale worth telling-and reading." -- Jazziz January 2004
"[A] charming, informative, conversational and opinionated memoir...filled with fine stories and colorful personalities...Heartfelt and highly readable." -- January Magazine December 2003
"[A] welcome addition to any jazz lover's bookshelf." -- Hartford Courant 12/07/03
"[This] autobiography has the musical pulse of a great concert. It's a literary festival, a feast of fascinating information." -- Variety 12/22/03
Top Customer Reviews
George knows the territory very well. As a teenage fan, very competent pianist and singer , jazz night club entreprenuer, and promoter of the "daddy" of the outdoor music festivals, "The Newport Jazz Festival", and oh yes, lecturer at Harvard, in his custom designed jazz course, dare anyone tell George anything about jazz, and the wonderful lunatics that people the jazz world?
Here is what it's like to do business with artists worshipped the world over, like Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, Chet Baker, Count Basie, Stan Getz, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus. Space precludes naming them all. In addition to dealing with these "darlings", were the torrential rains at outdoor perfomances, political opposition from irrate townspeople, and the piece de resistance of booking concerts, other promoters dissapearing with George's money.
Maybe the presence of a natural built in Prozac machine kept George sane through this craziness, but I have another theory. His passion for the music. When you are hearing a Louis Armstrong, or a Charlie Parker and you truly "get it", there is something that goes beyond mere entertainment, or an expert improvisor.Read more ›
I gathered much from the book and passed it along to one of my bandmates who is the festival director for the "JuneTeenth Jazz Festival" each year in Arizona.
This is a very entertaining book for music lovers of all stripes but will have special significance for the jazz lover since George Wein is clearly a jazz lover and speaks the language. A great book.
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A wonderful narrative of one of the great impresarios of jazz!Published 9 months ago by Robert V. Oster
Having met George Wein and his lovely wife Joyce I found this a very interesting read regarding jazz history. Read morePublished 23 months ago by James Blumenfeld
George Wein, it is said these days by those currently on the scene, "has very deep pockets and very short arms". A "Sassy" joke, I hear... Read morePublished on April 26, 2014 by Stutz
Wein crams as much as he can into this memoir, and his writing about his early years (from boyhood to military service) is oddly more rewarding for this reader than his... Read morePublished on January 5, 2011 by Scott Albin
I just finished reading "Myself Among Others" by George Wein. This is the best book on Jazz I ever read. Politics, craziness, love, trust, friendship, race relations... Read morePublished on March 14, 2004 by Albert Reingewirtz