Beneath the Underdog: His World as Composed by Mingus is the autobiography of jazz bassist and composer Charles Mingus. It was first published in , by. Autobiography of the great black musician and jazz composer. Get this from a library! Beneath the underdog; his world as composed by Mingus.. [Charles Mingus].

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Advanced Book Search Browse by Subject. 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.

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Mingus played the double bass with considerable energy, passion approaching ferocity, and since the double bass is more human than any instrument out there, you can trust the mingua. Those looking for anything like a conventional musical bio should go to “Mingus, a Critical Biography” by Brian Priestley; “Underdog” isn’t that at all; it’s an artifact of Mingus’ peculiar world-view at a particularly hard time in his life.

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So, why only two and half stars? Preview this item Preview this item. First of all, it was really surprising for me to see how much of the book has nothing to do with the music – this is a very personall confession, told in a form of a novel in coposed, accidentally, some of the characters besides Mingus have the names of Charlie Parker, Art Tatum, Duke Thr, Miles Davis and, tje the depiction of Red Norvo is not very flattering and he was very much alive when the book was publishedhe is “hidden” but instantly recognizible to anyone who has some knowledge of the illustrious carreer of Charles not Charlie!

If you have a taste for hard, fast, clean writing and a view of a life most of us will never see, this book is Recommended. He DOES go on about sex to a degree that might get a little tedious time and again. Sometimes it has the substance without the style, sometimes the style without the substance.

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Write a review Rate this item: Is it choppy, is it dirty, beneat it irresponsible, is it offensive, is it woefully, fragmentary, incomplete and arbitrary, is it sad and pathetic, is it excessive, is it awe-inspiring, does it make you want to quit it’s so good sometimes, does it keep you coming back to drink in those sad, searing, hilarious, utterly moving and heart-breaking speeches by Fats Navarro? You may have already requested this item. The interesting people he meets in his travels are well interweaved, and really make the story.


Sep 05, Josh rated it it was amazing.

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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? And, before you say that I just don’t get it, I will say that this is all done in such a way that it just seems unconscious and haphazard rather than provocative, experimental, intentional, and purposeful.

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