“Why should I read this? What’s in it for me?”

People have been asking why they should buy and read this book. If I’m feeling puffed up, I may answer, “Because it’s the best book written so far by and about Mingus.”

To be a bit more accommodating to the question, here are three reasons.

  1. Learn the inside story about one of the great creators of jazz, in his own words.
  1. Discover new ways to understand jazz and jazz musicians, their life and the music business.
  1. Hear jazz history unfolding.

. . . But it’s still the best book about Mingus because he tells his own story (among many others).

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