Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker

Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker

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Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker is the first installment in the long-awaited portrait of one of the most talented and influential musicians of the twentieth century, from Stanley Crouch, one of the foremost authorities on jazz and culture in America.

Throughout his life, Charlie Parker personified the tortured American artist: a revolutionary performer who used his alto saxophone to create a new music known as bebop even as he wrestled… (more)

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In “Kansas City Lightning,” Crouch has given us a bone-deep understanding of Parker’s music and the world that produced it. In his pages, Bird still lives.

Like “Beowulf,” “Kansas City Lightning” begins in medias res, at an important gig. And like “Beowulf,” it contains a monster: drug addiction. Parker’s Grendel, as we’ll discover if Mr. Crouch delivers a second book, cut him down in his prime.


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Publisher: Harper (September 24, 2013)

Format: EPUB

Protection: DRM

Language: English


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