Bird Lives!: The High Life And Hard Times Of Charlie (yardbird) Parker

byRoss Russell

Paperback | March 22, 1996

Bird Lives!: The High Life And Hard Times Of Charlie (yardbird) Parker by Ross Russell
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"The best biography of any jazz musician that we have. Bird Lives! will stand for a long time as a major source of information and illumination not only of the great musician with whom it deals but of the entire jazz life in this society."--Ralph Gleason

"Inspired by great affection and dedication,Bird Lives!provides a vivid and accurate picture not only of the saxophonist-composer as artist and human being but of his zeitgeist and the musical/social setting that produced him. Parker was an immensely complex personality; saint and satyr, loving father and footloose vagabond, with a limitless appetite for sex, music, food, pills, heroin, liquor, life. A man of vast influence, the most admired and imitated creator of the mid-1940s bop revolution, he was forced to work in dives, reduced to bumming dollars when he should have been respected as a reigning virtuoso. . . . A sensitive, penetrating portrait."--Leonard Feather,Los Angeles Times

"One of the very few jazz books that deserve to be called literature . . . perhaps the finest writing on jazz to be found anywhere. . . . Those aware of Parker's genius cannot do without this book."--Grover Sales,Saturday Review
Ross Russellis the author ofThe Sound,a novel of the jazz world, andJazz Style in Kansas City and the Southwest. In 1946 he formed Dial Records, heading the company for a decade, during which he released records by Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Miles Davis.
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Title:Bird Lives!: The High Life And Hard Times Of Charlie (yardbird) ParkerFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:432 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 0.88 inShipping dimensions:432 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 0.88 inPublished:March 22, 1996Publisher:Hachette BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0306806797

ISBN - 13:9780306806797

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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