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One Long Tune: The Life and Music of Lenny Breau Hardcover – May, 2006
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I have only one small criticism. The pictures in the book are great but I would like to have seen more of them. But that's a minor point. This is the best biography on a musician I've ever read and anyone remotely interested in Lenny, jazz guitar or just a great story about a great artist who gave his whole life to his art needs to read this book.
With all due respect to Joe Pass picker, I was SHOCKED by the ending of the book because I'd always heard that he either drowned while drunk or stoned, or was offed for a drug debt or something. Roberts did an amazing job of describing the incidents that led up to his death. True, there was no interview with his wife (who was a total monster!) but there are quotes from her where she does tell her side of the story. Roberts practically comes out and says who did it. The killer got off scott free but if there's anything that might push the cops to look into the case again, it would be reading this book, if it's accurate that is. It seems to be because there are quotes from the detectives who investigated the murder that back it up and there's some interesting stuff from other people who were involved and quotes from the coroners report.
Anyway, I read One Long Tune in one long sitting and I'll probably read it again soon.
One caveat though. In one part of the book especially there are some long descriptions of theory stuff that Lenny was into. I'm a bit of a musician and I found it interesting: most of it anyway. But if you don't know much about music, you might want to skim these parts. You wouldn't lose too much because there's lots of other really good stuff in this great book. Also, I agree that there should have been more pictures. (Loved the one of Lenny as a little baby in his nighty!)
But the really amazing story here is the life of Breau himself and his struggle to stay with his music through some very difficult times. Forbes-Roberts doesn't leave anything out. It's alternately beautiful and disturbing but without sentimentality and sensationalistic nonsense.
Also, the author does extensive analysis of Breau's style and his recordings. He totally disses the two albums (Last Sessions and Cabin Fever) I heard which made me track down some of his other stuff. After hearing these CDs, I went from being pretty cold on him to being one of his greatest fans.
If you have the slightest interest in Breau, jazz guitar, jazz, music in general, the plight of the true artist in a world of mediocre superstars, or just a great story, you have to read this book.
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