Lester Young fading away in a hotel room; Charles Mingus storming down the streets of New York on a too-small bicycle; Thelonius Monk creating his own private language on the piano...In eight poetically charged vignettes, Geoff Dyer skilfully evokes the embattled lives of the players who shaped modern jazz. He draws on photos and anecdotes, but music is the driving force of But Beautiful and Dyer brings it to life in luminescent and wildly metaphoric prose that mirrors the quirks, eccentricity, and brilliance of each musician's style.
|Antall sider||240||Dimensjoner||12,9cm x 19,7cm x 1,6cm|
|Vekt||166 gram||Leverandør||Bertram Trading Ltd|
"The only book about jazz that I have recommended to my friends. It is a little gem." - Keith Jarrett "But Beautiful is just that, a moving and highly original tribute to Black American music." -Bryan Ferry "Achingly gorgeous . . . evokes the lives of working musicians so that you taste the whiskey, smell the stubbed cigarettes, hear the gentle clicking of the valves, the coughs, and shuffling feet between studio takes." - Entertainment Weekly "A masterful effort, which comes as close to the music's essence as prose can go." - San Francisco Chronicle "Dyer turns jazz into poetry and his subjects into a beautiful sad music....Few will be unmoved by his passion and eloquence and the harrowing portraits of jazz's haunted geniuses." - The Washington Post Book World "A gorgeous and lyrical collection of nocturnal jazz reveries." - The New Yorker "An ingenious and brilliantly written book." - Richard Bernstein, The New York Times "Startlingly vivid . . . a brilliant work . . . the written equivalent of a jazz performance . . . [Dyer] has created an unforgettable melody of his own." - The Atlanta Journal Constitution