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Kansas City lightning : the rise and times of Charlie Parker

Author: Stanley Crouch
Publisher: New York, N.Y. Harper Perennial, 2014. ©2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First Harper Perennial editionView all editions and formats
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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 with a drug addiction that would lead to his death at the age of thirty-four. Drawing on interviews with peers, collaborators, and family members, Kansas City Lightning recreates Parker's Depression-era childhood; his early days  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Charlie Parker; Charlie Parker
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stanley Crouch
ISBN: 9780062005618 0062005618 9780062005595 0062005596
OCLC Number: 897778432
Notes: First published in hardback, 2013.
Awards: Winner of PROSE (Biography/Autobiography) 2013
Winner of PROSE (Excel in Humanities) 2013
Commended for Black Caucus of the American Library Association Literary_award (Nonfiction) 2014
Short-listed for Hurston/Wright LEGACY Award (Nonfiction) 2014
Description: 365 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 21 cm.
Contents: Part 1. Born in bleeding Kansas --
Part 2. Infinite plasticity --
Part 3. An apprenticeship in blues and swing --
Part 4. Sorry, but I can't take you.
Responsibility: Stanley Crouch.

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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 with a drug addiction that would lead to his death at the age of thirty-four. Drawing on interviews with peers, collaborators, and family members, Kansas City Lightning recreates Parker's Depression-era childhood; his early days navigating the Kansas City nightlife, inspired by lions like Lester Young and Count Basie; and on to New York, where he began to transcend the music he had mastered. Crouch reveals an ambitious young man torn between music and drugs, between his domineering mother and his impressionable young wife, whose teenage romance with Charlie lies at the bittersweet heart of this story.

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"A tour de force that is the print equivalent of a long, bravura jazz performance... Crouch has given us a bone-deep understanding of Parker's music and the world that produced it. In his pages, Bird Read more...

 
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