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This is the story of a white boy who fell in love with black culture, learning the clarinet in the clubs frequented by Al Capone, accompanying Bessie ...Show synopsisThis is the story of a white boy who fell in love with black culture, learning the clarinet in the clubs frequented by Al Capone, accompanying Bessie Smith in her heyday - a white Jew exploring the world of jazz. It is a searching autobiography, written in the 1940s but with the directness and power of today's most streetwise language. The book tells of Mezz Mezzrow's tough experiences in reform school, his paranoia when he realizes he's been dating a big hoodlum's girl, and the nights spent on the bandstand and the days spent living outside America's conservative norms.Hide synopsis
Description:Good. Paperback, Item may show signs of shelf wear. Pages may...Good. Paperback, Item may show signs of shelf wear. Pages may include limited notes and highlighting. Includes supplemental or companion materials if applicable. Access codes may or may not work. Connecting readers since 1972. Customer service is our top priority.
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Description:Good. Jazz Book Club edition. Sturdy binding. Unmarked text....Good. Jazz Book Club edition. Sturdy binding. Unmarked text. Heavily worn dust jacket with heavily soiled spine and edge wear, including two 1" tears (one repaired with clear tape). Pages lightly tanned. Lightly soiled page edges. ____________ Hardcover/dust jacket, Jazz Book Club by arrangement with Secker & Warburg, 1959, 388 pages.
Description:Good. 320 Pages Indexed. Signet # 72586 December 1964 Edition....Good. 320 Pages Indexed. Signet # 72586 December 1964 Edition. Tight square book showing minor wear to cover edges and corners. Very slight concave spine. Red page edges. One inked-line of owner's name inside front cover. No other marks or stamps. The raw, exuberant confessions of a born rebel, Mezz Mezzro--one of the greatest jazzmen who ever blew a horn. Mezzro learned to blow Dixieland in Chicago brothels and federal prisons. He spiked beer for Al Capone, played poker with the Purple Gang, poeddled 'tea' in Harlem, and got hooked on opium. He's a white man who crossed the color lien to the Negro side. His buddies were Louis Armstrong, Fats Wallker, Frank Teschemacher. The story of his way from degration and dope addiction to the top ranks of jazz is one of the greates you'll ever read. Henry Miller said this book converys a powierful, vital message of unadulterated joy. The finest thing about the book is the fact that Mezz's rebirth took place in the very abyss of death, degereration and corruption. Contents in Four Books: A Nothin' But A Child, Chicago Chicago, The Big Apople, and Basin Street is The Street. Four Appendices: New Orleans and Chicago the Root and the Branch, Translation of the Jive Section, A Note on the POanassie Recordings, and Glossary.
Description:Very good. Soft cover. Very Good. Text is unmarked. Tight...Very good. Soft cover. Very Good. Text is unmarked. Tight binding. No binding crease. Rubbing on binding edge. Cover has lost some brightness but is unmarked. Light edgewear. Crease bottom corner. viii, 348 p. 18 cm. A Doubleday Anchor book, A862.. Glossary: p.330-340.
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