From the shabby roadhouses to fabulous estates, from the psychiatric wards of Bellevue to worlds of mysticism and solitude, these are the moving memoirs of the great jazz bassist and composer Charles Mingus.
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"Mingus was something else. A pure genius. I loved him." Miles Davis; "The jazz world has seen its fair share of compelling autobiographies but none to rival the quality of Beneath the Underdog. A shocking and brilliant book. Five stars." Q; "There has never been an autobiography like Beneath the Underdog. A riveting work of highly subjective reminiscences and tortured self-analysis." Richard Williams; "[Mingus'] autobiography teeters between derangement and genius." Time Out; "An outlandish, brilliant autobiography." NewsweekAbout the Author:
Charles Mingus (1922-79) is widely regarded as being the most influential and important post-bop bassist to have emerged from the jazz world. Not simply a player, he is also considered to be one of the most important and experimental composers in twentieth century music.
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