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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. Certainly, there is something transgressive in an African American jazz musician not only having relationships with white women—this was still the era of miscegenation laws—but becoming their pimp, turning the racial-sexual politics on its head.

Told in the third person, Mingus talks to his therapist about his life up from his crazy family and upbringing in California to his meteoric rise in the jazz world. This was not the work of a ghostwriter.

Mingus’ voice in Beneath the Underdog is con For all the fictitious elements on the page, Mingus manages to inject his personality directly into the narrative. Gripping until you realise that the balance of autobiography to fantasy is tipped wildly in favour of fantasy. Mingus’ note gives kudos to his editor, wonder why.

Beneath the Underdog by Charles Mingus – A Review

May 26, Eric Stone rated it it was amazing. Stay in Touch Sign up. Who knows if any of it is true. One of the great, weird, wild, probably largely made up but who cares, autobiographies of all time by one of the greatest musicians of all time.


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A must read for any fan of his. Ships from and sold by Amazon. The book is a jumble, but a glorious one, by a certified American genius.

Books by Stearns, Hentoff, Granz and others. Besides having to scrape for cash almost always. Write a customer review. He takes the reader through his childhood in Watts, his musical education by the likes of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Charlie Parker, and his prodigious appetites–intellectual, culinary, and sexual.

This is his story, as told by the man himself, in manic, beat-style prose. Explore the Home Gift Guide.

At least you will come away knowing how to toilet train a cat. Lists with This Book. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. The legendary jazzman recounts his life and career, from his childhood in Watts and his apprenticeship with jazz musicians, to his recordings with Duke Ellington and others, and more.

Nov 22, Dane Wozniak rated it liked it Shelves: A few too many times he sent out his thoughts to people who then reported to hear them. This book has sat on my shelf for 46 years. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. May 15, “Bass Viol Book”. And tricky, because he switches voices, using his inner voice to comment and observe on what his corporeal self is doing. Share your thoughts with other customers.

This book is maddening. Retrieved August 30, A Visit from the Goon Squad.

Beneath the Underdog by Charles Mingus

Feb 04, larrytheimp rated it it was amazing Shelves: You do learn a lot about Mingus from this, but nothing you would want mongus know. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Find more Proms on TV. If one is after serious musical biography, go elsewhere. This is one of the greatest works of autobiographical fiction I will ever read.


It’s a novel; it’s poem; it’s song!

Geneath 06, Eric rated it did not like it. He DOES go on about sex to a degree that might get a little tedious time and again. To ask other readers questions about Beneath the Underdogplease sign up.

I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? Mar 29, Robert Gustavo rated it it was ok. May 12, Graeme rated it liked it.

Hard to finish reading. Less music, more mental institutions and pimping. What made one of charlrs great composers and band leaders not to mention bass players of the 20th century?

He is unflinchingly brave when writing about childhood, race, class, sex, creativity, and madness.

The stories behind some of the world’s most remarkable orchestral instruments, most of which are worth an absolute fortune See all 52 reviews. Of course the dialog is artificial, a novelization of his experiences, and instead of giving him a reflective distance turns the book rhe the kind of braggadocio I mentioned earlier. Mingus shares with us the wild ride some true, some liberties taken that was his life.