Top positive review
Enjoyed Very Much
on February 23, 2016
I very much enjoyed this book, especially the first half and within the first half, most especially his childhood -- which certainly had its challenges. The situation with his mother broke my heart, but he and his brother left alone broke my heart even more. Not that there is any self-pity in this book. Not a bit. He had it rough, that's for sure.
But it was cool how magical music was for him from the start. The way things went for him beginning at such a young age -- his career surely was ordained!
I loved hearing about all the cool guys in NY, especially Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Clark Terry and so on. Also the scoop on what it was like touring the U.S. and Europe. Quincy really goes into detail about band life, which was fantastic.
The second half of the book was more like a resume to me and less personal. I wanted the personal because I can find all the resume stuff -- accomplishments, recording/producing/arranging for this celebrity and that movie, etc. -- online. I wanted to know more of what he was going through, how he felt. Maybe he was just working so much, there really wasn't time to absorb and reflect. He was a workaholic. Maybe he couldn't express what he was going through because he was buried in non-stop activity.
There is a brief narrative re: a nervous breakdown after taking Halcion for a year. The drug didn't allow him to dream. He doesn't detail what the nervous breakdown entailed other than lack of wellbeing, lifelessness type of thing. I bet he hallucinated, because when a drug prevents you from dreaming in your sleep, it will insist on it when you are awake. I'm totally conjecturing here, but I wouldn't be surprised. I didn't sleep for about a year and I sure hallucinated. What a drag. Anyway, I'm glad he recovered.
I loved the way every other chapter was written by a friend or family member giving their take on his situation at various times in his life. That was really interesting.
Unfortunately, I have to give the publisher a big one-star for their formatting. Don't they have anyone checking the Kindle version? There were no paragraph indents in the entire book, which made it annoying and difficult to get through.