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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There is a certain comedy brneath he talks about how virile he is and how long he could have sex. This is his story, as told by the man himself, in manic, beat-style prose. Much more space is given over to Charlie’s sexual adventures and his odd cyarles on religion. Even though there are redeeming elements I often felt I was reading On the Road the Complete Scroll for good, and a lot of bad. Pages with related products.

Apr 03, Darran Mclaughlin rated it really liked it Shelves: Sign in to the BBC, or Register. And yes – there’s also his brilliance as a writer.

People have strong opinions about this book. Thoroughly complicated autobiography of highly original jazz bassist and composer Charles Mingus. People giving him charlss “this is how the world works” speeches that seem to mesh with how he all ready views the world, like he was just using Fats, or Billy Bones as an excuse.

A quick and very enjoyable read.

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Jazzmasculinity and the World of Charles Mingus Jr. He is filthily obscene and tenderly naive. This is what went into the music, what made it. He writes of his struggle, growing up poor in Watts and trying to succeed as a musician in a racist society. Less music, more mental institutions and pimping. See and discover other items: Aug 12, JDK rated it it minbus ok.


There are no discussion topics on this book uncerdog. Whoever said Beneath the Underdog was a Beat novel was on point. Can you imagine a musician of his caliber having to have money problems? Jan 07, Christopher Costabile rated it it was amazing.

Beneath the Underdog by Charles Mingus – A Review

Refresh and try again. 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. The device allows him to not only narrate, but to comment on his life. Gripping until you realise that the balance of autobiography to fantasy is tipped wildly in favour of fantasy.

With Mingus, like Kerouac, his treatment and depiction of women is horrible. This is a fierce, bragging, smart, autobiography that’s full of tall tales and simple truths. May 12, Graeme rated it liked it. Nov 22, Dane Wozniak rated it liked it Shelves: I am astonished at how few reviewers seem to “get” this book — I knew it was a masterpiece, that much is obvious umderdog me — and it has fueled my love of Charles Mingus and his music to even greater heights than before.

Mar 29, Robert Gustavo rated it it was ok. This is his autobiography and it is not only as out there as his music, but also pretty great too.


Beneath the Underdog by Charles Mingus

About Charles Mingus At once an essential composer in the history of jazz and a bass player extraordinaire, Charles Mingus was born on April 22, in Nogales, Arizona, and grew up in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Watts.

Mingus was trying to protect the guilty and preserve the image he projected. Sep 03, Pages. Told in the third person, Mingus talks to his therapist about his life up from his crazy family and upbringing in California to minhus meteoric rise in the charkes world.

In the youthful sections, the third person is used as a reflective bdneath, putting distance between Mingus the author and Mingus the character. One of the great, weird, wild, probably largely made up but who cares, autobiographies of all time by one of the greatest musicians of all time. Sep 05, Josh rated it it was amazing. Books by Charles Mingus.

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To view it, click here. Certainly not Mingus and often stilted. It was finally published by Alfred A.