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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The concept is great: As a biography it would be great, but as a novel awful. A must-read for every jazz fan and Mingus fans alike.

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Yet the strangest and most disappointing part of Beneath the Underdog is its cjarles to discuss Mingus’ music. And, before you say that I just don’t get it, I will say that this is all done in such a way that it just seems unconscious and haphazard rather than provocative, experimental, intentional, and purposeful. Where it breaks down is his life as a pimp and his joy in turning rich white women in to prostitutes.

Not for the faint of heart. He writes it pretty much as quoted conversation between him and anyone that wanders into his world, from Lady Day to countless ‘bitches and whores’. He DOES go on about sex to a degree that might get a little tedious time and again. Many concerts are broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

Beneath the Underdog by Charles Mingus – A Review

Beneath the Underdog autobiography. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. One of my favorite exaggerated autobiographies. It is a truly generous book: This book isn’t about how Mingus lived through jazz history.

LIfe lived as hard as it can be lived: Mingus sure passes on some effective bedroom wisdom in this book. That’s one of its great characteristics: Thoroughly complicated autobiography of highly original jazz bassist and composer Charles Mingus. Write a customer review. Hard to finish reading. Here is Mingus in his own mmingus, from shabby roadhouses to fabulous estates, from the psychiatric wards of Bellevue to worlds of mysticism and solitude, but for all his travels never straying too far, always returning to music.


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Beneath the Underdog by Charles Mingus

About Charles Mingus 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 neighborhood of Watts. But, it’s Mingus, so you have to take it warts and all, and the parts that do succeed are worth the wait, as they give the reader a dream of how grand this sort of expression could be.

Love the music, ujderdog would like to hear about him from someone less kooky.

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Beneath the Underdog

It tells of his God-haunted childhood in Watts during the s and s; his outcast adolescent years; his apprenticeship, not only with jazzmen but also with pimps, hookers, junkies, and hoodlums; and his golden years in New York City with such legendary figures as Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, and Dizzy Gillespie. Sep 03, Pages. It reminded me of the anger evident in the Miles Davis biography, but it’s more matter of fact about it.

This is what went into the music, what made it. The book is written in the third person. The book’s payoff—fifty or so pages of Mingus’ musings on reality, love, God, and the universe—comes across as My Dinner with Andre -light. This is a fierce, bragging, smart, autobiography mingjs full of tall tales and simple truths.


Mingus’ tells his story almost completely through dialogue, and while some of it does a good job tye capturing voices M A book of earnest erotica posing as a jazz memoir, Beneath the Underdog chronicles Mingus’ childhood and early career as a lover and a pimp with nary of a mention of the music into which he poured his more worthwhile thoughts. Shares fond memories and interesting anecdotes about his fellow musicians, heaps scorn on his detractors, and presents us with a world so beneatu and individualistic, it’s almost cosmologically Mingusian.

The colorful personalities are real,you won’t learn much about Mingus the musician but Mingus the man. In the youthful sections, the third person is used as a reflective ujderdog, putting distance between Mingus the author and Mingus the character.

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. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Views Read Edit View history. The story engages and brings in enough jazz figures to be interesting from chrles musical point of view, but it is not really underdig kind of book.

I enjoy a good fictionalized autobiography as much as the mingjs guy, and I think bensath is entirely appropriate for someone to embellish here and there to get a good story. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty.

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