Beneath the Underdog [Charles Mingus] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Mingus by Mingus. From the shabby roadhouses to fabulous. Bass player extraordinaire Charles Mingus, who died in , is one of the essential composers in the history of jazz, and Beneath the. Beneath the Underdog Charles Mingus This book has been called both a Beat novel and a testament of the Civil Rights struggle. What I’ve.

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When he becomes an adult, though, the book becomes a series of dialogs, full of hipster-isms and seeming in jokes. Beneath the Underdog autobiography. Because, sometimes the music just isn’t that good. A close-up of bass player and composer Charlie Mingus as he and his five-year-old daughter await eviction by the City of New York.

Maybe I’m just too dumb and incredibly clever at the same time, and can’t figure out what state I’m in at any given time. Return to Book Page.

What made one of the great composers and band leaders not to mention bass players of the 20th century? Add the first question. Is sex not the stuff of life? Edit Did You Know? Mingus’ verbal play is Joycean, underodg humor Rabelaisian. Learn underdoog about Amazon Giveaway.

White people don’t have a right to play it, it’s colored folk music. Murphy rated it liked it Recommends it for: It tells of his God-haunted childhood in Watts during bemeath s and s; his outcast adolescent years; his apprenticeship, not only with jazzmen but also with pimps, hookers, junkies, and hoodlums; and his golden years in New York City with such legendary figures as Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, and Dizzy Gillespie.


Where it breaks down is his life as a pimp and his joy in turning rich white women in to prostitutes. That’s one of its great characteristics: Mingus unrerdog passes on some effective bedroom wisdom in this book.

Better on race than anything that thinks it is better on race.

Beneath the Underdog by Charles Mingus – A Review

Full Cast and Crew. The Arts of Life Part 3: Foremost among them is Mingus himself. Learn more More Like This. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. The New York Times. This is a book about the continual, priapic, misogynistic and possibly fictional sex life of the author. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Certainly not Mingus and often stilted. Please try again later. Apr 03, Darran Mclaughlin rated it really liked it Shelves: Thanks for telling us about the problem.

I always thought it was titled “Mingus”; thought it was undereog jazz writing, like the other classics from those days. If one is after serious musical biography, go elsewhere. He DOES go on about sex to a degree that might get a little tedious time and again. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. He takes the reader through his childhood in Watts, his musical education by fhe likes of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Charlie Parker, and his prodigious undfrdog, culinary, and sexual.

I recently read this for the second time and it was just as good as i remember it. Jun 19, – – rated it liked it. A documentary film about the life of pianist and jazz great Thelonious Monk. Except for a refreshingly detailed account of working with Earl Hines, there is very little about music.

Overall it was ok, I didn’t love it but didn’t hate it I like his approach of attempting to take the reader into his ‘subconscious’ so to speak but parts of the book lost me.


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Which makes the effort of attempting to tease apart the truth from the wild, gratuitous exaggeration ultimately dismal and disappointing. He was also one of the undeerdog musicians and composers in Uhderdog or any other genre. I don’t know of Charles as being involved in drugs to any wild proportion Charlie Mingus Charles Mingus: About Charles Mingus At once an essential composer in the history of jazz and a bass player extraordinaire, Charles Mingus was born on April 22, in Nogales, Arizona, and grew up in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Watts.

It’s a novel; it’s poem; it’s song! Mingus’ tells his story almost completely through dialogue, and while some of it does a good job at capturing voices Mingus does a great Duke Ellington imitationmuch of it sounds inauthentic—either too slangy or too formal for the context.

One person found this helpful. Shares fond memories and interesting anecdotes about his fellow musicians, heaps scorn on his detractors, and presents us with a world so particular and individualistic, it’s almost cosmologically Mingusian.