Deep in a Dream: The Long Night of Chet Baker PDF (Adobe DRM) download by James Gavin

Deep in a Dream: The Long Night of Chet Baker

Chicago Review Press
Publication date: July 2011
ISBN: 9781569769010
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From his emergence in the 1950s as an uncannily beautiful young Oklahoman who became the prince of "cool" jazz seemingly overnight to his violent, drug-related death in Amsterdam in 1988, Chet Baker lived a life that has become an American myth. Drawing on hundreds of interviews and previously untapped sources, this first major biography of one of the most romanticized icons in jazz gives a thrilling account of the trumpeter's dark journey. Author James Gavin delves deeply into Baker's tormented childhood, the origins of his melancholic trumpet playing, and even reveals the long-unsolved riddle of Baker's demise. Baker's otherworldly personal aura struck a note of menace and mystery that catapulted him to fame in the staid 1950s but as time wore on, his romance with drugs became highly publicized. Gavin narrates the harrowing spiral of dependency down which Baker tumbled and illustrates how those who dared to get close were dragged down with him. This is the portrait of a musician whose singular artistry and mystique has never lost the power to enchant and seduce.
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A story only too common to jazz and other popular forms, dependency is the central theme to this book of Chet Baker’s life. The introduction truly sets the scene for what is and was a melancholic account/life. Apparently 35 people attended Chet’s funeral in ‘88, none of whom were surprised about the news. A cold, dark life is followed, from birth in the house of a full time alcoholic and part time worker father, and consequently a dysfunctional household, to childhood beatings by the very same, to heroine meetings with a contributor (of the biography) in the seventies. And so it seems his life has turned full circle before the book goes very far. The trumpet features less than the melancholy, but the two are one and the same. Baker, it seems, was the epitome of jazz sadness, but his career peeped through that sadness, sometimes shining, sometimes a brief glimmer. The book is one of four or five written about the man, and that in itself is a legacy.
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Deep in a Dream: The Long Night of Chet Baker PDF (Adobe DRM) download by James Gavin
Chicago Review Press, July 2011
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