Myself Among Others: A Life In Music

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Da Capo Press, Incorporated, Feb 18, 2009 - Music - 576 pages
No one has had a better seat in the house than George Wein. The legendary impresario has known the most celebrated figures of music in general and jazz in particular--from Duke Ellington to Ella Fitzgerald to Miles Davis to Frank Sinatra. As a founder of the Newport Jazz Festival, the Newport Folk Festival, and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Wein has brought a dazzling spectrum of musicians to millions of fans, forever changing the musical landscape.In this highly praised memoir, Wein looks back on his life and career, describing his unforgettable relationships--sometimes smooth, sometimes tempestuous--with the great musicians he has known. From what really happened when Charlie Mingus visited the White House...to how Miles Davis and the ensemble that would eventually record the greatest jazz album of all time--Kind of Blue--came together at Wein's Storyville nightclub...to the day at Newport when Bob Dylan first "went electric," here are the personalities and forces that have shaped the past half-century of popular music.
 

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Garrulous memoir by the music promoter and club owner who brought jazz to the masses through the Newport Jazz Festival."I was fortunate enough to have an older brother who set a precedent for ... Read full review

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Jazz pianist, club owner, promoter, and impresario extraordinaire Wein here recounts his numerous encounters with some of the most significant jazz musicians of the 20th century. Founder of the ... Read full review

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George Wein is the founder of Festival Productions, the premier producer of music events around the world. He has received France's Légion d'Honneur and countless other awards. He lives in Manhattan. Nate Chinen is a writer and editor who lives in Manhattan.

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