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Beneath the Underdog by Charles Mingus
  

Beneath the Underdog

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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.

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Synopsis

Beneath the Underdog by Charles Mingus

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.

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

About the Author

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, Bud
Powell, 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 York
City and Washington, D.C., honoured him posthumously with a ‘Charles Mingus Day’.

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Book Info

Publication date

18th August 2011

Author

Charles Mingus

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Publisher

Canongate Books Ltd

Format

Paperback

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
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ISBN

9780857862181

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