- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Granta Books (24 Oct. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 186207545X
- ISBN-13: 978-1862075450
- Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 19 x 2.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 718,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A "Love Supreme": The Creation of John Coltrane's Classic Album Hardcover – 24 Oct 2002
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'Thoroughly absorbing' -- The Times
'We get the man, the mission, the methodology...a well-researched, transparently written, passionately felt book -- The Independent
A concise, highly readable and well researched biography uncovering plenty of new facts and some amazing new photographs -- The Wire
A voice that reaches out beyond the aficionados successfully reprises the mix of recording history, musical assessments and rare illustrations -- Boyd Tonkin, Independent
An enjoyable read, with great photographs. Coltranes followers will have to get it -- Guardian
Every bit as well researched and informative as its predecessor. [Kahn] does an excellent job -- Uncut
Magnificent detail about the characters, the sessions and styles Kahns writing is so good it brings scenes decades old into bright focus -- Nottingham Evening Post
One of the most accessible slices of jazz history youll find a fine journalistic narrative -- John Lewis, Time Out
About the Author
Ashley Kahn is the author Kind of Blue. He is a contributor to Rolling Stone, the New York Times and Mojo. He lives in New Jersey.
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As in his "K.O.B." project, he leads us through his subject's life, concentrating on his musical life, but with enough personal detail to give us a flesh-and-blood, three dimentional Coltrane. As he approaches the moment when the great album was made, Kahn moves in closer and closer, giving us ever increasing detail of Coltrane's musical activities, relationships with colleagues, relationships with record industry figures and the background to his position and status .
The detail to the lead-up to "A.L.S." and the making of the album is comprehensive - possibly even exhaustive - and a compelling read.
Details such as the choice of the cover photograph - a mere snap by producer Bob Thiele but judged by Coltrane as the "best photo - ever" of him. The actual bromide used for the artwork is illustrated, creased and dog-eared after years of careless handling. As a photographer, I was intrigued by this.
The aftermath is similarly closely observed - fascinating comment from contemporary figures and from those since who have been touched by this remarkable music.
It's a shame that Kahn's book came out just prior to what may be the definitive version of the record, remastered from original, uncompressed, un-EQ'd tapes held at Abbey Road, the 'Deluxe Edition', featuring the tracks recorded with Archie Shepp and Art Davis that Coltrane acknowledged but never used and also the legendary live performance of the whole piece at the Antibes jazz festival, the only complete live version ever recorded and the last time Coltrane played the entire piece.Read more ›
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