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Bird Lives!

The High Life And Hard Times Of Charlie (yardbird) Parker

Trade Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780306806797

Price: $19.99 / $24.99 (CAD)

ON SALE: March 22nd 1996

Genre: Nonfiction / Music / Genres & Styles / Jazz


“The best biography of any jazz musician that we have. Bird Lives! will stand for a long time as a major source of information and illumination not only of the great musician with whom it deals but of the entire jazz life in this society.”–Ralph Gleason

“Inspired by great affection and dedication, Bird Lives! provides a vivid and accurate picture not only of the saxophonist-composer as artist and human being but of his zeitgeist and the musical/social setting that produced him. Parker was an immensely complex personality; saint and satyr, loving father and footloose vagabond, with a limitless appetite for sex, music, food, pills, heroin, liquor, life. A man of vast influence, the most admired and imitated creator of the mid-1940s bop revolution, he was forced to work in dives, reduced to bumming dollars when he should have been respected as a reigning virtuoso. . . . A sensitive, penetrating portrait.”–Leonard Feather, Los Angeles Times

“One of the very few jazz books that deserve to be called literature . . . perhaps the finest writing on jazz to be found anywhere. . . . Those aware of Parker’s genius cannot do without this book.”–Grover Sales, Saturday Review

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