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Beneath the Underdog by Charles Mingus – A Review

That’s one of its great characteristics: Retrieved from ” https: Apr 16, Andrew Ludke rated it it was amazing. This is a book about the continual, priapic, misogynistic and possibly fictional sex life of the author. Some people complain that this book doesn’t talk about the music enough. Mingus’ book is funny and touching at times, but it’s also very repetitive Who can keep all the women straight?

Murphy rated it liked it Recommends it for: Would you include these among the best musicals?

A must-re Charles Mingus is one of the great jazz legends I have ever heard. It’s raw, its honest and it’s weird. He was also one of the greatest musicians and composers in Jazz or a A wild autobiography written in a stream of consciousness style, often narrated as a conversation between different aspects of his personality and as a conversation with his psychiatrist.


Beneath the Underdog

Maybe I’m just too dumb and incredibly clever at the same time, and can’t figure out what state I’m in at any given time. It’s certainly fair that a lot of good folks might be offended by the naughty parts, which are in no short supply.

The original manuscript was acquired, along with other material documenting Mingus’ life, by the Library of Congress in And this is the reason why the book is awful. The book was clearly written by a musician with a great sense of musicality.

Somber, comic, disturbing, boastful, confessional, sentimental, contradictory, poetic, irascible, impish Lists with This Book. It was first published inby Alfred A. Starts with memories of his childhood in Knderdog, precedes through his psychically des Thoroughly complicated autobiography of highly original jazz bassist and composer Charles Mingus.

My Best Films of So, why only two and half stars? Charles MingusGunther Schuller.

Beneath the Underdog by Charles Mingus – Triumph Of The Now

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Nevertheless, if you’re not fascinated by this book, I would submit that your interest in jazz and all that concerns jazz – which is quite a lot of things in this world that are very, very important and sadly under appreciated geneath is tragically limited. Everyone I’ve lent this book to has commented, even years later, about how undderdog it was.


Charles Mingus is one of the great jazz legends I have ever heard.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Jul 15, Lee rated it liked it.

Who cares about how the music was played and who played it and why? What made one of the great composers and band leaders not to mention bass players of the 20th minus

Beneath the Underdog by Charles Mingus – A Review | By The Firelight

While obviously capable of brutal and even cruel behavior, what is most striking is his profound sensitivity, his not-always-present but striking capacity for compassion, his astonishing intellect, his voracious appetite for everything – including an understanding of what the hell life is all about, anyway – and his talent for getting big portions of it, if not all of it.

Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. This is his autobiography and it is not only as out there as his music, but also pretty great too. Readings from the book were included in Hal Willner ‘s recording, Weird Nightmare: