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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It is the first 50 pages or so that feel true, beeath they are or not, and given his early sexual exploits rendered in such detail, its hard to believe some of it. And this is the reason why the book is awful.

Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. The money thing could very well be why this music is so great? It’s more world-weary, but not much more profound, than a twelve-year-old’s thoughts on metaphysics.

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. But, one wishes that Mingus could have found himself a stronger editor who could have helped him craft his ideas into something more consistent.

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I always thought it was titled “Mingus”; thought it was serious jazz writing, like the other classics from those days. Read reviews that mention beneath the underdog charles mingus miles davis along the lines love his music ever read jazz giant must read read this book listen to his music mingus the man get this book music of mingus mingus the music autobiography musician sex american artist brilliant. Murphy rated it liked it Recommends it for: The focus doesn’t so much shift in parts as jumps or wanders and usually needlessly so, and the structure doesn’t always make sense: There is a certain comedy when he talks about how virile he is and how long he could have sex.


Admittedly I just finished Miles’ biography and the style of Mingus threw me for a bit of a loop.

Beneath the Underdog by Charles Mingus – A Review

Mingu template wayback links Pages to import images to Wikidata. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Starts with memories of his childhood in Watts, precedes through his psychically destructive relationships with two women they were a threesomehis attempts to reconcile innate idealism with learned misanthropy. You are commenting using your Facebook account. This is what went into the music, what made it. He puts words into other character’s mouths in long monologs page paragraphswhich may or may not reflect his beliefs.

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A lucid involving portrait showing migus many faces and tortured heart of a music genius, the film also features an abundance of clips of Mingus in performance. A quick and very enjoyable read. Charles Mingus died in at the age of For all the fictitious elements on the page, Mingus manages to inject his personality directly into the narrative.

Mingus sure passes on some effective bedroom wisdom in this book. Start your free trial. That is the sad part of jazz music. This is one of the greatest works of autobiographical fiction I will ever read. It took me a little bit to figure it out.

Mingus’ verbal play is Joycean, his humor Rabelaisian. 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!


Would beeath of us not wish there were more of it in our own memoirs? It’s not a memoir. It is fabu This book is maddening.

Triumph of the Underdog ” on Amazon. But Good Lord, if you ever wanted a direct view into the mind of a towering, volcanic personality who was not only a musical genius, but a genius of a kind when it came to life itself, this is your book. Thoroughly complicated autobiography of highly original jazz bassist and composer Charles Mingus. The man may be a bad writer, certainly a bad heterosexual, but he sure as hell can compose like a mihgus Too much weird mysticism.

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Because, sometimes the music just isn’t that good. It was undoubtably written by the man’s whose name appears on the cover. I can appreciate that a lot. He tells it using third person, even though it’s an autobiography, which is weird.

See all 52 reviews. At once an essential composer in the history of jazz and a bass player extraordinaire, Charles Mingus was born on April 22, knderdog Nogales, Arizona, and underdkg up in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Watts. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.