Deep in a Dream: The Long Night of Chet Baker

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Chicago Review Press, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 440 pages
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From his emergence in the 1950s as an uncannily beautiful young Oklahoman who became the prince of "cool" jazz seemingly overnight to his violent, drug-related death in Amsterdam in 1988, Chet Baker lived a life that has become an American myth. Drawing on hundreds of interviews and previously untapped sources, this first major biography of one of the most romanticized icons in jazz gives a thrilling account of the trumpeter's dark journey. Author James Gavin delves deeply into Baker's tormented childhood, the origins of his melancholic trumpet playing, and even reveals the long-unsolved riddle of Baker's demise. Baker's otherworldly personal aura struck a note of menace and mystery that catapulted him to fame in the staid 1950s but as time wore on, his romance with drugs became highly publicized. Gavin narrates the harrowing spiral of dependency down which Baker tumbled and illustrates how those who dared to get close were dragged down with him. This is the portrait of a musician whose singular artistry and mystique has never lost the power to enchant and seduce.
 

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DEEP IN A DREAM: The Long Night of Chet Baker

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The grim life of cool jazzman Baker, told with relish and a firm grasp of the material by Gavin (Intimate Nights: The Golden Age of New York Cabaret, 1991).Baker epitomized detached hipness: he was ... Read full review

Deep in a dream: the long night of Chet Baker

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There's a point at which the reporting of salacious or sadistic behavior overwhelms more important aspects of a person's life. Gavin (Intimate Nights: The Golden Age of New York Cabaret) comes ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
3
Chapter 1
8
Chapter 2
23
Chapter 3
43
Chapter 4
71
Chapter 5
89
Chapter 6
107
Chapter 7
118
Chapter 15
260
Chapter 16
275
Chapter 17
303
Chapter 18
327
Chapter 19
345
Epilogue
373
Acknowledgments
380
Notes
383

Chapter 8
129
Chapter 9
139
Chapter 10
153
Chapter 11
178
Chapter 12
197
Chapter 13
211
Chapter 14
235
Bibliography
403
Discography
405
Index
415
A Note About the Author
433
A Note on the Type
435
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About the author (2011)

James Gavin is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, among other publications. He lives in New York City. His latest book is a biography entitled, Stormy Weather: Lena Horne. The book is entitled, Stormy Waether: The Life of Lena Horne.

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