Tony Cohan: Native State A Memoir



F my favorite ines but I d be here all day I picked up this book randomly now I really want to read his other booksOnly one uibble Why would anyone SO intelligent pay any attention to a palm reader One of the most well written and interesting memoirs I have read by a contemporary writerA fascinating very personal seemimgly honest descriptive journey of art On His Majestys Service longing music family and relationships. An brilliantly interweaves and contrasts his past experiences with his present day reflections on the universal youthful desire to flee home and family and the simultaneous “undertow of origins” urging a return The result is a work that combines unusually rich storytelling with extraordinaryiterary ualityPoignant elegantly crafted and often funny Native State is an indelible portrait of the artist as a young man and as son and dying father grope toward acceptance a coming to terms with self family origins and the elusive American idea of ho.

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I had never heard of Tony Cohan before seeing this book and deciding to read it The title and cover caught my eye Interesting Different Class life he has had He is about a half generation older than I am and while I remember some of the era he talks about my experiences were far far different So in that sense Iearned a The Essential Good Food Guide lot about theife of a Californian who became a transientand how his Textbook of Wisdom life had aittle in A captivating deeply affecting memoir chronicling a journey from a Hollywood childhood as the son of a fading show business figure to a bohemian In Defence of Dogs life in Europe and back to his native state of California where the author must face the man who had driven him away Summoned from abroad to attend to the ninety four year old father he’s never been close to writer and musician Tony Cohan finds himself reliving his own peripateticife a kaleidoscopic odyssey from California’s sunny postwar promise through the burnt end of the 1960s to the final days.

Ommon with mine the rootlessness but he actually did have some so in many ways than I didBut his vocation of musician and writer and entertainment father ed him into stuff that doesn t touch my ife at all most especially the drinking and the drugs Interesting read I The City in Mind loved this book Not only iswas the author sife fascinating but his writing ability is first rate I was thinking of uoting some Of the Revenge (The Red Ledger last centuryAn engrossing investigation of memory and identityove and desire art and fate Native State vividly portrays the author’s attempts to escape the confines of a celebrity filled alcoholic family through music writing and travel His descent into the colorful milieus of musical and No One Wants You literary geniuses andowlifes divas and crooks fortune tellers and culture gods in Paris Tangier London Copenhagen Barcelona San Francisco Kyoto and Los Angeles coalesces into a distinctive intimate depiction of a pivotal cultural era Throughout Coh.

Tony Cohan grew up in Manhattan and Los Angeles where at the age of fourteen he made his debut as a jazz musician After attending Stanford and the University of California he spent two years in Europe and North Africa performing with jazz artists Dexter Gordon Bud Powell and blind Catalan pianist Tete Monteliu Returning to San Francisco he worked briefly at the University of California Press