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Beneath the Underdog by Charles Mingus – A Review | By The Firelight

Here is Mingus in his own words, 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. This is the kind of candor, self-exhibition and self-delusion that only the most truthful autobiographical fiction achieves.

One person found this helpful. Maybe it’s Schroedinger’s Cat. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. At least you will come away knowing how to toilet train a cat. Except for a refreshingly detailed account of working with Earl Hines, there is very little about music.

Books by Charles Mingus. Webarchive template wayback links Pages to import images to Wikidata. Great documentary showing a struggling artist.

Beneath the Underdog by Charles Mingus – A Review

Aug 12, JDK rated it it was ok. Sometimes a well crafted story with only the slightest hints of truth will tell you more about the person than the actual facts ever will. This is one of the best autobiographies I have ever read. It is the first 50 pages or so that feel true, whether they are or not, and given his early sexual exploits rendered in such detail, its hard to believe some of it.


It was finally published by Alfred A. What can be interesting too, is too consider if those traits had or not some relation with his glorious composing and performing.

If you’re a fan of Mingus or are looking for a different approach in a jazz biography try this one out. In discussing jazz, he says “It’s the American Negro’s tradition, it’s his music. A few too many times he sent out his thoughts to people who then reported to hear them. Besides having to scrape for cash almost always. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Maybe I’m just too dumb and incredibly clever at the same time, and can’t figure out what state I’m in at any given time.

The man may be a bad writer, certainly a bad heterosexual, but he sure as hell can compose like a motherfucker:. Audible Download Audio Books. Anyone who has read this blog before and is both observant and a fan of jazz may have noticed that the background image is of Mr Charles Mingus.

LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Forget about, “And then I played with Miles,” and, “Bird was great because Jun 19, – – rated it liked it.

Beneath the Underdog

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And Underdgo seriously doubt Mingus, at any age, would have gone along if some white doofus told him he didn’t have the “right” to play classical music. Charles Mingus was possibly the best jazz composer ever, and one of the best Twentieth Century composers, period.


What his music gives is a visceral, guttural stab into the gut and I think what I was trying to express was that in his music I find something far more expressive and explorative than I found in his prose, which I still remember being cod-Joycean, sexist, and underwhelming. This book uneerdog about how Mingus lived through jazz history.

He is one of the few artist that I relate to as well as inspired by in my journey so I find a sort of relief while reading this book. Toward the end of the book, he makes a statement I’ve always had trouble with. mihgus

The book was clearly written by a musician with a great sense of musicality. Well, for passionate seekers, this book is literature, and it’s far from a waste of time – it is, in fact, a crucial document. Every so often in a lull between orgies, a character mentions something to Mingus that lets us know how his career is progressing “I heard that album you did with Duke and Max Roach!

Full Cast and Crew. Published September 3rd by Vintage first published This was not the work of a ghostwriter. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? We are experiencing technical difficulties.