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Kansas City lightning : the rise and times of Charlie Parker / Stanley Crouch.

Crouch, Stanley. (Author).
Book Book ([2013])
Description: 365 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Publisher: New York : Harper, [2013]
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  • ISBN: 9780062005595 (hbk.)
  • ISBN: 0062005596 (hbk.)
  • Edition: First edition.
Bibliography, etc.: Includes bibliographical references (pages 341-344) and index.
Contents: Born in bleeding Kansas -- Infinite plasticity -- An apprenticeship in blues and swing -- Sorry, but I can't take you.
Summary: 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.
Alternate Title: Rise and times of Charlie Parker
Charlie Parker


Crouch, Stanley. "Kansas City lightning : the rise and times of Charlie Parker." New York : Harper, 2013.

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