Beneath the Underdog [Charles Mingus] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Mingus by Mingus. From the shabby roadhouses to fabulous. Bass player extraordinaire Charles Mingus, who died in , is one of the essential composers in the history of jazz, and Beneath the. Beneath the Underdog Charles Mingus This book has been called both a Beat novel and a testament of the Civil Rights struggle. What I’ve.

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Nov 20, Erin rated it really liked it.

There is a certain comedy when he talks about how virile he is and how long he could have sex. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. I made it over halfway. I think it’s a masterpiece.

His World as Composed by Mingus. Sep 06, Dave Naz rated it it was amazing Shelves: Is sex not the stuff of life? This is what went into the music, what made it. In the absence of a real discussion of what made Teh special, Beneath the Underdog is nothing more than a mediocre memoir about a fairly anonymous, sexually hungry man growing up in Watts in the s and finally finding Kerouac’s “IT” in an insane asylum in New York. I love his music and his writing.

Beneath the Underdog by Charles Mingus – A Review

A must-read for every jazz fan and Mingus fans alike. This book starts out extremely well. I don’t know of Charles as being involved in drugs to any wild proportion Beneatg tells of mingux God-haunted childhood in Watts during the s and s; his outcast adolescent years; his apprenticeship, not only with jazzmen but also with pimps, hookers, junkies, and hoodlums; and his golden years in New York City with such legendary figures as Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, and Dizzy Gillespie.

Jazzmasculinity and chwrles World of Charles Mingus Jr. A book of earnest erotica posing as a jazz memoir, Beneath the Underdog chronicles Mingus’ childhood and early career as a lover and a pimp with nary of a mention of the music into which he poured his more worthwhile thoughts.


This book has sat on my shelf for 46 years. It is fabu This book is maddening. For jazz fans, Mingus’ descriptions of the conversations between the instruments of well known musicians during jams is hilarious and just plain awesome.

Customers who viewed this item also viewed. He is one of the few artist that I relate to as well as mingjs by in my journey so I find a sort of relief while reading this book.

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To ask other readers questions about Beneath the Underdogplease sign up. Charles Mingus is one of the great jazz legends I have ever heard.

And, before you say that I just don’t get it, I will say that this is all done in such a way that it just seems unconscious and haphazard rather than provocative, experimental, intentional, and purposeful.

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Sometimes a well crafted story with only the slightest hints of truth will tell you more about the person than the actual facts ever will. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. But there is a there there.

The reviewer for the journal Notes commented that “the reader is forced to plow through page after page of erotica some might label it pornography in order to ferret out the most basic kind of information about the man and his music.

The story engages and brings in enough jazz figures to be interesting from a musical point of view, but it is not really that kind of book. Certainly not Mingus and often stilted. It reminded me of the anger underdob in the Miles Davis biography, but it’s more matter of fact about it.


Set up a giveaway. Views Read Edit View history. Proms Prom With Mingus, like Kerouac, his treatment and depiction of women is horrible. The Chxrles of Man I Am: I recently read this for the second time and it was just as good as i remember it. Who cares about how the music was played hnderdog who played it and why?

A wild, lyrical, and anguished autobiography, in which Charles Mingus pays short shrift to the facts but plunges to the very bottom of his psyche, coming up for air only when it pleases him. Not for the faint of heart. Apr 03, Darran Mclaughlin rated it really liked it Shelves: At once an essential composer in the history of jazz and a bass player extraordinaire, Charles Mingus was born on April 22, in Nogales, Arizona, and grew up in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Watts.

ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. And, Mingus was a large man, with larger passions, and an ego even larger still, so a certain amount of bravado and bragging is to be expected.

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But, one wishes that Mingus could have found himself a stronger editor who could have helped him craft his ideas into something more consistent. Jan 07, Christopher Costabile rated it it was amazing. Many concerts are broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. Somber, comic, disturbing, boastful, confessional, sentimental, contradictory, poetic, irascible, impish…lyrical, nasty, angelic, chaeles, picaresque, jive…this is a powerful book.