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Kansas City lightning the rise and times of Charlie Parker by Stanley Crouch

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Published .
Written in English

Subjects:

  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY,
  • Composers & Musicians,
  • Biography,
  • Jazz musicians

Book details:

About the Edition

The first installment in the long-awaited portrait of one of the most talented and influential musicians of the twentieth century. Charlie Parker personified the tortured American artist: a revolutionary performer who used his alto saxophone to create a new music known as bebop even as he wrestled with a drug addiction that would lead to his death at 34. With the wisdom of a jazz scholar, the cultural insights of a social critic, and the narrative skill of a novelist, drawing on interviews with peers, collaborators, and family members, Stanley Crouch recreates Parker"s Depression-era childhood; his early days navigating the Kansas City nightlife, inspired by lions like Lester Young and Count Basie; and on to New York, where he began to transcend the music he had mastered. Crouch reveals an ambitious young man torn between music and drugs, between his domineering mother and his impressionable young wife, whose teenage romance with Charlie lies at the bittersweet heart of this story.--From publisher description.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (pages 341-344) and index.

StatementStanley Crouch
Classifications
LC ClassificationsML419.P4 C76 2013
The Physical Object
Pagination365 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates :
Number of Pages365
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL26415154M
ISBN 100062005596
ISBN 109780062005595
LC Control Number2013015773
OCLC/WorldCa827260001

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  Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker by Stanley Crouch – review Richard Williams on a pungent life of the jazz saxophonist, told from a black perspective Richard Williams.   Kansas City Lightning — part one of a proposed two-volume biography of Parker — feels like a labor of love, strong on passion. The chapters on Parker's early life move somewhat slowly. Part of.   “Kansas City Lightning” is all about polyrhythmic cadences and percussive thumps. It’s a book about a jazz hero written in a heroic style; it’s a tall tale, a . Kansas City Lightning About book: It was a small unit that had come about in the way that things often happen in jazz, when McShann, who’d been playing around town for a little more than a year, learned that Walter Bales, a wealthy white man, wanted him to come to his home. Without knowing much about what Bales wanted, McShann made the trip, hoping another job might .

  BNR: Kansas City Lightning is a book of hybrids. It reveals the mishmash cultural background of Kansas City from the Wild West Days until the s, the components of jazz as a fluid mix of improvisation and composition, and even the makeup of the saxophone, which combines big brass sound with the delicacy of a reed instrument.5/5(4).   Kansas City Lightning provides more ideas and better writing in its pages than any other book about Parker." -- David Hajdu, New York Times Book Review "Crouch's prose is, as usual, perfect-it takes a genius to write about one, perhaps-and Kansas City Lightning is a thoughtful, generous look at one of the country's most important artists."/5().   Book Description: Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker is the first installment in the long-awaited portrait of one of the most talented and influential musicians of the twentieth century, from Stanley Crouch, one of the foremost authorities on jazz and culture in hout his life, Charlie Parker personified the tortured American . Kansas City Lightning is the first of two volumes tracing the life of one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Crouch draws on interviews with family, peers and collaborators to Author: Stanley Crouch.