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The Resource But beautiful : a book about jazz, Geoff Dyer

But beautiful : a book about jazz, Geoff Dyer

Label
But beautiful : a book about jazz
Title
But beautiful
Title remainder
a book about jazz
Statement of responsibility
Geoff Dyer
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In eight poetically charged vignettes, Geoff Dyer skillfully evokes the music and the men who shaped modern jazz. Drawing on photos, anecdotes, and, most important, the ways he hears the music, Dyer imaginatively reconstructs scenes from the embattled lives of some of the giants of jazz - Lester Young fading away in his hotel room; Charles Mingus storming down the streets of New York on a too-small bicycle; Thelonious Monk creating his own private language on the piano. Ben Webster, Chet Baker, Bud Powell, and Art Pepper are also here, and throughout the book is Duke Ellington as he crosses the country with Harry Carney. But music is really the driving force of But Beautiful and the author brings it to life in a luminescent and wildly metaphoric prose style that mirrors the quirks, eccentricity, and brilliance of each musician's style
Summary
A fictional recreation of the spirit and sound of jazz traces the history of the music through the lives of eight great musicians: Lester Young, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, Ben Webster, Chet Baker, Bud Powell, and Art Pepper
Award
Somerset Maugham Award, 1992.
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025382
Cataloging source
DLC
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Dyer, Geoff
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Musical fiction
  • Jazz musicians
  • Jazz
Target audience
adult
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a book about jazz
Label
But beautiful : a book about jazz, Geoff Dyer
Instantiates
Publication
Note
First published: Jonathan Cape, 1991
Bibliography note
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. 219-221)
  • Discography: p. 223-226
Control code
000011760864
Dimensions
21 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
x, 227 p.
Isbn
9780865474901
Lccn
95024549
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)32859713
Label
But beautiful : a book about jazz, Geoff Dyer
Publication
Note
First published: Jonathan Cape, 1991
Bibliography note
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. 219-221)
  • Discography: p. 223-226
Control code
000011760864
Dimensions
21 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
x, 227 p.
Isbn
9780865474901
Lccn
95024549
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)32859713

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