Beneath the Underdog [Charles Mingus] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Mingus by Mingus. From the shabby roadhouses to fabulous. Bass player extraordinaire Charles Mingus, who died in , is one of the essential composers in the history of jazz, and Beneath the. Beneath the Underdog Charles Mingus This book has been called both a Beat novel and a testament of the Civil Rights struggle. What I’ve.

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Much more space is given over to Mngus sexual adventures and his odd sidebars on religion. This page was last edited on 17 Novemberat It’s at times smooth and wonderful and at others, completely obscuring. Share your thoughts with other customers. Stream of consciousness, musings on love, contemplations of what it means to be a underxog, poetically talking about split personalities and telling stories about a detached self that may or may not be true: Certainly, there is something transgressive in an African American jazz musician not only having relationships with white women—this was still the era of miscegenation laws—but becoming their pimp, turning the racial-sexual politics on its head.

Intensely philosophical, underdoog role of jazz in Mingus’ life or at least the parts of it he put in this book seems to be so all-encompassing that its incidental; like why is a dude gonna waste time talking about air in his autobiography?

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The home of the Proms and classical music on the BBC. Charles Mingus was possibly the best jazz composer ever, and one of the best Twentieth Century composers, period. Too much weird mysticism.


See all 52 reviews. Read more Read less. And, Mingus was a large man, with larger passions, and an ego even larger still, so a certain amount of bravado and bragging is to be expected. Apr 21, Panagiotis Thanopoulos rated it it was ok.

Following sell-out Quincy Jones and Jamie Cullum Proms last year, Jules Buckley returns — with his Metropole Orkest undedrog to celebrate the life and music of this legendary composer, bandleader and bass-player. A quick and very enjoyable read.

The book is a jumble, but a glorious one, by a certified American genius. We are experiencing technical difficulties. Read it Forward Read it first. The reviewer for the journal Notes commented that “the reader is forced to plow through page after page of erotica some might label it pornography in order to ferret out the most basic kind of information about the man and his music.

Mingus played the double bass with considerable energy, passion approaching ferocity, and since the double bass is more human than any instrument out there, you can trust the dude.

I enjoy a good fictionalized autobiography as much as the next guy, and I think it is entirely appropriate for someone to embellish here and there to get a good story. A wild autobiography written in a stream of consciousness style, often narrated as a conversation between different aspects of his personality and as a conversation with his psychiatrist.

This is his autobiography and it is not only as out there as his music, but also pretty great too. He writes of his struggle, growing up poor in Watts and trying to succeed as a musician in a benezth society.


Sign in to the BBC, hcarles Register. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Overall it was ok, I didn’t love it but didn’t hate it I like his approach of attempting to take the reader into his ‘subconscious’ so to speak but parts of the Admittedly I just mingks Miles’ biography and the style of Mingus threw me for a bit of a loop.

Write a customer review. Mar 06, Eric rated it did not like it. Better on race than anything that thinks it is better on race. But I had no idea it were possible that it could be such a woefully and widely misunderstood masterpiece. At once an essential composer in the history of jazz and a bass player extraordinaire, Charles Mingus was born on April 22, in Nogales, Arizona, and grew up in the Los Angeles benrath of Watts.

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At least you will come away knowing how to toilet mimgus a cat. Jan 20, Wes Freeman rated it liked it. Because, sometimes the music just isn’t that good. Written in a very straightforward language that’s full of colloquialisms slang and street smarts.

This book isn’t about how Mingus lived through jazz history. Ships from and sold by Amazon.