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The Torment of Buddy Rich: A Biography Paperback – November 2, 2000
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John Minahan is the author of 20 books, including the Doubleday Award-winning novel, A Sudden Silence, the million-copy best seller, Jeremy, produced as a major motion picture by United Artists, and The Great Diamond Robbery, produced as a two-hour television special on CBS. An alumnus of Cornell, Harvard, and Columbia, he is a former writing instructor on the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard. Mr. Minahan and his wife Verity now live in Palm Springs, California, where he is writing his autobiography, The Music of Time.
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Minahan traveled and hung with Buddy during the 70's and 80's, taking notes and recording conversations with Buddy and those who were close to him during this time.
It seems like a book never materialized--even after Buddy's death in the late 80's--but Minahan finally decided in 2000 to take what he had and publish it anyway.
The book is uneven. It occasionally strays into areas that really have little to do with the subject--like the description of a day at Hugh Hefner's Chicago mansion (Buddy behaved with civility).
Nevertheless, the intense conversations with Buddy and the highly personal interviews with Marie Rich, Stanley Kay, and others who were close to him are intriguing and emotionally moving.
Minahan also avoids the gushing effusiveness toward his subject that marred Mel Torme's otherwise excellent Rich biography.
The book has been criticized for its focus on Buddy's "torment," but Minahan gives more-than-adequate support for his thesis. Buddy Rich was an incredibly complex person--a tortured genius who could exhibit the crudest vitriol and then turn around and be the most sensitive, loving person imaginable.
This book, in spite of its shortcomings, made me love Buddy even more. I really miss him.
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