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Chet Baker: As Though I Had Wings

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The beloved yet infamous Chet Baker—trumpeter, crooner, junkie, and doomed James Dean-like icon of 1950s jazz—has always projected an air of mystery (and even more so, perhaps, in the years since his death in the late 1980s). In these recently uncovered diary-entries, the mystery fades as we find that Baker's pure trumpeting, aching vocals, and now-classic renditions of many jazz standards all belie the turmoil of a wretched private life governed by addiction and abandon.

Baker dominated the jazz scene of the 1950s, working closely with the likes of Gerry Mulligan, Art Pepper, and Stan Kenton. By the Sixties, however, he found himself caught in an incessantly downward spiral of heroin, cocaine, and prescription drugs. In and out of jail, in and out of relationships, criss-crossing the Atlantic, looking for gigs in the States and in Europe, searching of some sort of redemption—such is the life we encounter firsthand in these pages.

This memoir is must-reading for all students of jazz history and modern American pop culture.

Synopsis:

Told by the legendary trumpeter and singer himself, these memoirs launch wholeheartedly into the full-bodied and lush jazz-driven life that he led for more than 30 years.

About the Author

Chet Baker (1929-88) is one of the seminal trumpeters in jazz history. His distinctive, somewhat reticent style of playing, along with his mellow singing voice, helped establish West Coast "cool" jazz in the 1950s.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312200831
Author:
Baker, Chet
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
United states
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
Jazz
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - Jazz
Subject:
Jazz musicians
Subject:
Composers & Musicians
Subject:
Baker, Chet
Subject:
History & Criticism - General
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Jazz
Publication Date:
19981215
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
8.24x5.42x.31 in. .30 lbs.

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