Coltrane on Coltrane

Coltrane on Coltrane

The John Coltrane Interviews

Book - 2010
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John Coltrane grew up "under the spell," as he put it, of Charlie Parker. But he needed to create a new sound, a music that had nothing to do with anyone except himself. The path he chose was difficult and risky. Nevertheless, he persisted. His work now stands with the greatest music of all time, and continues to inspire devotion, adoration, and joy nearly 50 years after his death.

           Coltrane was also one of the few musicians whose life, thoughts, and words are as inspiring as his music. This book collects, for the first time, those words.

            Coltrane was a gracious interviewee. His responses were thoughtful and measured; he rarely said anything negative about others (though he could be highly self-critical). Interviewers noted how different Coltrane seemed from his music--this quiet man whose music was so volcanic.

            Coltrane on Coltrane includes every known Coltrane interview, many in new transcriptions, and several previously unpublished; articles, reminiscences, and liner notes that rely on interviews; and some of Coltrane's personal writings and correspondence.

            John Coltrane never wrote an autobiography. This book is as close to one as possible.

Publisher: Chicago : Chicago Review Press, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781569762875
Branch Call Number: 788.7165 C722d 2010
Characteristics: xix, 396 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: DeVito, Chris


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Sep 20, 2015

The great jazz saxophonist John Coltrane (1926- 1967) never wrote an autobiography, but these are his words. This book is a compilation of every known Coltrane interview, unpublished articles, reminiscences, liner notes from lp albums and Coltrane’s personal writings and letters.

Jul 17, 2011

Highly interesting and entertaining book. If you're a Coltrane fan-READ THIS BOOK!!!


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