Beneath the Underdog [Charles Mingus] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Mingus by Mingus. From the shabby roadhouses to fabulous. Bass player extraordinaire Charles Mingus, who died in , is one of the essential composers in the history of jazz, and Beneath the. Beneath the Underdog Charles Mingus This book has been called both a Beat novel and a testament of the Civil Rights struggle. What I’ve.

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One of the most impressive aspects of this book are the speeches and dialogues – whether they are transcriptions from a near-photographic memory, or the artful compositions of a first-rate talent, they scream with authenticity, and provide an absolutely rich, riveting and priceless glimpse into the mind of Black America – and White America, for that matter – in the 20th Century. Not for the faint of heart.

Read it Forward Read it undrdog. Admittedly I just finished Miles’ biography and the style of Mingus threw me for unedrdog bit of a loop.

Well worth the time for all jazz fans. Stream of consciousness, musings on love, contemplations of what it means to be a I would give it two and a half stars.

Starts with memories of his childhood in Watts, precedes through his psychically destructive relationships with two women they were a threesomehis attempts to reconcile innate idealism with learned misanthropy.


One person found this helpful. The book’s payoff—fifty or so pages of Mingus’ musings on reality, love, God, and the universe—comes across as My Dinner with Andre -light.

Beneath the Underdog

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A Great Day in Harlem Quotes from Beneath the under Mingus worked on his autobiography for more than two decades. Buy the selected items together This item: Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.

It’s not a memoir. A must read for any fan of his. Triumph of the Underdog I took down “Mingus” the other day and started reading.

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Charles MingusGunther Schuller. But Good Lord, if you ever wanted a direct view into the mind of a towering, volcanic personality who was not only a musical genius, but a genius of mkngus kind when it came to life itself, this is your book. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I enjoy a good fictionalized autobiography as much as the next guy, and I think it is entirely appropriate for someone to embellish here and there to get a good story. Damn, it’s all of those things as far as I’m concerned, and that’s OK.


If you’re a fan of Mingus or are looking for a different approach in a jazz biography try this one out. Certainly not Mingus and often stilted.

Beneath the Underdog by Charles Mingus – A Review

Unfortunately, the wh I enjoy a good fictionalized autobiography as much as the next guy, and I think it is entirely appropriate for someone to embellish here and there to get a good story. Mingus really lets you into his compicated, inspired, and suffering mind. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.

And I seriously doubt Mingus, at any age, would have gone along if some white doofus told him he didn’t have the “right” to play classical music. Sorry for the negativity. To be clear where I’m coming from, I try to concentrate my reading on literature, rather than tue and garbage, as I have the feeling that life is short and we’ve only got so much time to try and figure it out. About the time I bought it I became engrossed in other things.

May 12, Graeme rated it liked it. Sure, it’s got some arguable flaws. With Mingus, like Kerouac, his treatment and depiction of women is horrible.