Jaco: The Extraordinary and Tragic Life of Jaco Pastorius, "the World's Greatest Bass Player"

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Miller Freeman Books, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 264 pages
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This story of a musician hailed as a genius and dismissed as a madman will appeal to anyone intrigued by the fine line between creative inspiration and insanity. Jaco looks deep inside the life and music of this talented but tormented bass player who revolutionized his instrument and became one of the most potent forces in modern music. Like his heroes Charlie Parker and Jimi Hendrix, Jaco didn't make it to age 40. But by the time he died at 35, the music world was indebted to him. Jaco had reinvented the role of the electric bass - playing melodies, chords, harmonics and percussive effects simultaneously, and bridging the gaps between jazz, classical, R&B, rock, reggae, pop, and punk.

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I wasn't really sure what to think about this book since I had read Pat Metheny had issues with it. I also found out Pat was able to write a forward to subsequent editions. Nevertheless, Jaco's life ... Read full review

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This is one of those books where you have to be careful to separate what is good about the book itself (and, a fortiori, what the author has accomplished) and the sheer pull that interest in the ... Read full review

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About the author (1996)

Milkowski writes regularly for seven music magazines, including Jazz Times, Pulse, Audio, Billboard, Interview, Musician and several foreign publications.

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