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Beneath the Underdog

by Charles Mingus

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Unique and lyrical voice, this memoir of the legendary Charles Mingus charts the highs and lows of a life lived to the full. Beneath the Underdog is also a portrait of life in the Forties and Fifties, of ideas of identity and race in America and the ways in which they affected the young Mingus. Above all, it is a powerful tale told through the eyes of an inspiring, anguished and extraordinary musician.

Sarah Broadhurst

Beneath the Underdog Synopsis

Charles Mingus, bassist, composer and bandleader, was one of the towering figures of American twentieth century music. In this memoir, Mingus documents his childhood on an Army base in Arizona, his difficult teenage years in Watts, and his musical education by the likes of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Charlie Parker.

Beneath the Underdog Press Reviews

'Mingus was something else. A pure genius. I loved him' - Miles Davis


'The jazz world has seen its share of compelling autobiographies but none to rival the quality of Beneath the Underdog. A shocking and brilliant book' - Q Magazine


A fascinating inight into Mingus' mind - unforgettable - The Times


'An outlandish, brilliant autobiography' - Newsweek

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ISBN: 9780857862181
Publication date: 18/08/2011
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780857862181
Publication date: 18th August 2011
Author: Charles Mingus
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Genres: Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites,

About Charles Mingus

Charles Mingus was born in Arizona in 1922. He settled in New York in the 1950s, where he played and recorded with the leading musicians of his time, such as Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, BudPowell, Art Tatum and Duke Ellington. Mingus toured extensively throughout the world, including Europe, Japan, Canada, South America and the United States. He died in 1979. Both New YorkCity and Washington, D.C., honoured him posthumously with a ‘Charles Mingus Day’.

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