Ross Russell: Bird Lives! The High Life and Hard Times of Charlie (Yardbird) Parker



Fun informative nd ccessible to the non musician Although it helps to know little bout the scene once the uthor starts naming others in the business A great overview of one of the great talents in jazz A good look into man who s views nd music were years head of his contemporaries Troubling very troubling engaging painful great on the music The uthor has knowledge of culture nd the history of ideas which helps lot when placing the whole story into wider contextPart biography part cultural history The Hired Man and part novel it is forll its faults n enormously important book The definitive biography on Charlie Parker Covers lot of ground including his famous ppetites for music women food nd drugs Musicians Almost A Gentleman and non musicians will comeway with something by reading this book Another book from the laundry room shelf I should have read this long time go I claim to love jazz but I don t play nd I m no student of it I was lways very fuzzy on Charlie Parker His blazing fast style can be jarring to the ears nd I have to dmit I never got it I usually prefer deep textures big sound nd long slow tunes I can follow remember nd hum in the elevator Bird is relentless frenetic nd sometimes Here by the Bloods a bit wheezy The whole period of his music the 40 snd early 50 s has lways been n undifferentiated blur to meWritten in 1973 by white producer who was one of the first to record Bird s leader back in 1946 this book has something of bad reputation The uthor himself makes case for the raised eyebrow Is it really ppropriate for yet nother white bystander to write Bound (Torn Trilogy, a bio of black jazz hero There is some pretty good research here based on lot of interviews with musicians who worked with Bird A lot of the story is fictionalized with snatches of dialogue nd descriptions of scenes for which there were no cameras That gives realistic documentary feel but suddenly you turn the page on the chapter where Russell talks bout his own involvement with Parker signing back of the napkin contracts lending him money getting him out of rehab getting crossed s Bird breached exclusive greements Loyalty and Lies and you realize there can be no objectivity here The language suddenly changes to the first personnd oscillates between being honest nd defensive There re people who thought Ross Russell was one of the many people in the music industry who didn t do right by him Fortunes Flames and Bird was one of them The last time they met Charlie Parker threatened to shoot himWhile it may not be the definitive biography I still th. The best biography ofny jazz musician that we have Bird Lives will stand for long time s major source of information nd illumination not only of the great musician with whom it deals but of the entire jazz life in this society Ralph GleasonInspired by great ffection nd dedication Bird Lives provides vivid nd ccurate picture not only of the saxophonist compose.

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Ist It s hard to believe he d be impartial when it came to Bird But keeping that in mind it s nother valuable look into the life of the bebop pioneer this book tore me part whether youre charlie parker fanatic or not tho it helps Claiming Her as itsbout charlie parker ross russels 79 biography gives us ccess to the man with hole in his soul bird lived nd played hard into his early death his music took off from where rmstrong left off nd ll those that came fter were merely replicating his pocalyptic blues its stunning insight into pre nd post ww2 Murder Go Round america into the music industrynd into the core of n rtist who blew too deep charlie bird was never truly compensated respected or worshipped for his revolutionary recordings his heroin Alcohol Fuels: Policies, Production, And Potential addiction unreliabilitynd psycho sexual behaviours preventing him from the nice cars nd dornments dizzy Cambridge Modern History volumes 1-5 and milesccepted but everyone knows he was the one like dylan thomas he was so The Heart Of The Hawk (Book 1) ahead of his time it took us while Spices, Saints, and Saracens: The Egyptian Wanderings of a Dominican Friar, 1483 after his death to catch upnd see if you love jazz rt or you re n rtist yourself then find time for this one then listen to parkers mood bebop Is it The Object of Performance: The American Avant-Garde since 1970 a biography or biographical novel Call it the story of Charlie Parker s life in which the Of Mice and Men author brings together the people in that life like characters in novel inventing dialogue inner thoughts nd outward motivations that he couldn t possibly have been privy to The uthor knew Parker personally nd interviewed numerous others who had been close to him Since nother book had lready uoted extensively from those sources it seems that this uthor chose the creative non fiction route producing warm yet critical look t this great musician s messed up life Though sympathetic the I Was Anastasia author neither whitewashes nor condemns Parker s professional struggles or hisddictionsMy only criticism is that I d have liked Choice of the Cat analysis of the music itselfnd the nuances of his musical development Nevertheless if you re interested in the life Three Cups of Deceit and career of one of the great musical groundbreakers of the 20th Century you ll enjoy this engaging page turner of book Although reprinted since I first read Sparrow Road an out of print copy found in college library Still the definitive bio of tormented genius Charlie Parker it A Banner With a Strange Device: A Novel of Boston attempts to delineatend map the shifting wavering boundaries between torment nd genius I really liked this book The story of Parker s even if it was sad t times was great read As with so many rtists I often wonder what they would think of today s music Also I wonder where they would be now. Work in dives reduced to bumming dollars when he should have been respected s reigning virtuoso A sensitive penetrating portrait Leonard Feather Los Angeles TimesOne of the very few jazz books that deserve to be called literature perhaps the finest writing on jazz to be found The Point of It All: A Lifetime of Great Loves and Endeavors anywhere Thoseware of Parker's genius cannot do without this book Grover Sales Saturday Revie.

Ink it s Yoga: The Art of Adjusting a great book The language is evocativend t times has dark beat edge to it It makes The Neural Basis of Free Will a convincing case that Charlie Parker was true cultural hero nd deserves to be legend He was uniue nd powerful creative force in transforming jazz from swing which was for dancing nd entertainment to bebop where in the space of few years jazz became Locked and Loaded (U.S. Marshals, a form of personal expressionn Art Parker was no civil rights Past Destinies activist but he stood his own termsnd set Travels: Collected Writings, 1950-1993 an example for doing so Like too many legends helso set standard for tragic self destruction When he died his health destroyed by years of heroin nd lcohol the coroner estimated his ge t 53 He was 34 Well then on lighter note what lso made the book valuable for me is that it lso served s listening guide Thanks to the den of copyright thieves that is YouTube every cut mentioned is vailable for instant listening with few keystrokes That includes some bootleg recordings that the uthor himself never heard except by reputation It sets the scene of individual recording sessions It sketches out the dynamic mong the players legends in their own right like Gillespie Miles Rainbow Brite: Starlite Saves the Day and Monk Sidemennd hangers on whose names I d only known from liner notes became became fleshed out characters with motives A Social History of Modern Art, Volume 2: Art in an Age of Bonapartism, 1800-1815 and styles of their own With passionate commentary on chorusesnd solos the book helped me dig should I put uotes round that Charlie Parker nd bebop in way that escaped me before I ll never be ble to whistle Charlie Parker solos but in the past couple of weeks I ve been hearing them in my dreams sharp nd clear utterly inventive nd blazingly fast Bird Lives what can you say The biography of Charlie Parker One of the most influencial black musicians of the 30 s The Unspeakable Mind and one of the creators of bebop improv jazz His influence on jazz music is incalculable If he waslive today he would have the American Lifetime Achievement ward like HestonDylan nd other great contributers to American Time and Philosophy: A History of Continental Thought art This is not book just for musicians Charlie Parker led Murder at Beechwood an interesting life full of difficulties Heroinddiction racial oppression nd skepticism for his music But he overcame ll these obstacles to become true American cultural hero An incredible book that takes you from the back room world of Kansas City jazz to the clubs of Harlem in New York Where he met other pioneers like Miles Davis Dizzy Gillespie nd John Coltraine WORD Cary Hard to say what to make of Ross Russell he was label owner Ask an Astronaut: My Guide to Life in Space as wells Parker s biographer employer Revelations from Revelation (Mass Market) and eulog. Rs Jane and the Stillroom Maid (Jane Austen Mysteries, artistnd human being but of his zeitgeist Crude World: The Violent Twilight of Oil and the musicalsocial setting that produced him Parker wasn immensely complex personality; saint nd satyr loving father nd footloose vagabond with limitless ppetite for sex music food pills heroin liuor life A man of vast influence the most Alien: Sea of Sorrows admirednd imitated creator of the mid 1940s bop revolution he was forced to.

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