But Beautiful: A Book about Jazz

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Macmillan, Jun 26, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 240 pages
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In eight poetically charged vignettes, Geoff Dyer skillfully evokes the music and the men who shaped modern jazz. Drawing on photos, anecdotes, and, most important, the way he hears the music, Dyer imaginatively reconstructs scenes from the embattled lives of some of the greats: Lester Young fading away in a hotel room; Charles Mingus storming down the streets of New York on a too-small bicycle; Thelonius Monk creating his own private language on the piano. However, music is the driving force of But Beautiful, and Dyer brings it to life in luminescent and wildly metaphoric prose that mirrors the quirks, eccentricity, and brilliance of each musician’s style.
 

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BUT BEAUTIFUL: A Book about Jazz

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A curious combination of fiction and criticism celebrating primarily the great jazz musicians of the '50s. Dyer, a British novelist and critic, calls his method ``imaginative criticism,'' in that he ... Read full review

But beautiful: a book about jazz

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I was uneasy as I read in Dyer's preface that he invented dialog and action to produce a type of "imaginative criticism." But I soon found myself immersed in a series of atmospheric vignettes ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
7
Section 3
29
Section 4
33
Section 5
59
Section 6
61
Section 7
81
Section 8
83
Section 10
103
Section 11
129
Section 12
131
Section 13
147
Section 14
149
Section 15
179
Section 16
183
Section 17
219

Section 9
101

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About the author (1997)

Geoff Dyer is the author of Ways of Telling, critical study of John Berger; The Missing of the Somme, about World War I; and the novels Paris Trance, Out of Sheer Rage, The Color of Memory and The Search.

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