But Beautiful: A Book about Jazz
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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Review: But Beautiful: A Book About JazzUser Review - Tony - Goodreads
A remarkable set of stories and characters. Is it fiction? Non fiction? Historical fiction? Are they essays? This defies genre and becomes like a piece of improvisational Jazz in and of itself. The ... Read full review
Review: But Beautiful: A Book About JazzUser Review - Arjun Ravichandran - Goodreads
Great book, focusing on the heartbreakingly tragic lives of jazz musicians, who pushed the boundaries of 20th century art, whilst simultaneously battling institutional racism, poverty, and a ... Read full review