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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Loved it, hated it, all at the same time. His music is experimental and groundbreaking, yet he was troubled and plagued by addictions and demons. You read it and you feel as if you understand Mingus more, and that you know nothing about him all at the same time.

Beneath the Underdog by Charles Mingus

Love the music, but would like to hear about him from someone less kooky. Edit Did You Know? Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. But there is a there there. When he becomes an adult, though, the book becomes a series of dialogs, full of hipster-isms and seeming in jokes.

The story engages and brings in enough jazz figures to be interesting from a musical point of view, but it is not really that kind of book. Mingus thought this stuff happened. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.


I don’t know of Charles as being involved in drugs to any wild proportion It tells of his God-haunted childhood in Watts during the 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.

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This is his story, as told by the man himself, in manic, beat-style prose. It was first published inby Alfred A. It was like Vachss or Spillane or a half dozen other good noir writers. Learn more about Amazon Prime.

Want to Read saving…. Benetah pimping, the badly written erotica, the fights One person found udnerdog helpful. I couldn’t wait to get to the point where he talked about recording with Duke Ellington and Max Roach and it never happened.

Even though there are redeeming elements I often felt I was reading On the Road the Complete Scroll for good, and a lot of bad. Forget about, “And then I played with Miles,” and, “Bird was great because It is the mind of Mingus.

Beneath the Underdog by Charles Mingus – A Review

Ships from and sold by Amazon. Somber, comic, teh, boastful, confessional, sentimental, contradictory, poetic, irascible, impish Search for ” Charles Mingus: His picture of s LA has a vibrancy and spark that is missing in later parts of the book. He is unflinchingly brave when writing about childhood, race, class, sex, creativity, and madness. Features live performances by Monk and his band, and interviews with friends and family about the offbeat genius.


Straight, No Chaser Quotes from Beneath the under The book’s payoff—fifty or so pages of Mingus’ musings on reality, love, God, and the universe—comes across as My Dinner with Andre -light. Jul 15, Lee rated it liked it. I’ll never listen to his music the same way again.

May 15, “Bass Viol Book”. He writes of his struggle, growing up poor in Watts and trying to succeed as a musician in a racist society.

And, before you say that I just don’t get it, I will say that this is all done in such a way that it just seems unconscious and haphazard rather than provocative, experimental, intentional, and purposeful. This ain’t a music book, it’s a Mingus book, and Mingus was one conflicted dude. The intro clearly says party of the story are fictionalized. But, one wishes that Mingus could have found himself a stronger editor who could have helped him craft his ideas into something more consistent.

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