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A "Love Supreme": The Creation of John Coltrane's Classic Album Hardcover – 24 Oct 2002

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Product details

  • 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)

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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. Coltrane’s 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…Kahn’s writing is so good it brings scenes decades old into bright focus’ -- Nottingham Evening Post

‘One of the most accessible slices of jazz history you’ll 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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Ashley Kahn has produced another fascinating book about the creation of a jazz masterpiece. It's as good as his book on the making of "Kind Of Blue" - and I thoroughly recommend them both.

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.
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This effort by Ashley Kahn is superb. I wasn't born when 'A Love Supreme' was released and as much John Coltrane's pinnacle LP moved me before reading this book it now moves me more (if that is possible). The LP moves many, and I feel the reason for this is the honesty of emotion displayed by Coltrane and the quartet. The book provides a background mood of the times at a general level, vietnam, civil rights movement and on personal levels of JC and the other members of the quartet. Ashley Kahn devles into each track of the LP, explaining structure, inspiration and execution. The book is interspersed with relevant quotes from a sphere of people connected to the quartet or from the world of jazz - these make for a coherent and informative journey to the creation, making and impact of one of the greatest LP's ever made. The book also includes background information sections on the Impulse! label and Rudy Van Gelder's production, providing insight and depth to the story of 'A Love Supreme'.
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By A Customer on 14 Sept. 2004
Format: Hardcover
I am not a jazz fan but after reading this book and since buying the album I wish I was. The beauty and complexity of the music comes to life in these pages, the hard graft that made it possible is suitably praised, the hours Coltrane spent perfecting his trade can only be admired. And Admiration is a massive theme in this tribute to a Love Supreme. Both the Author and the hundreds quoted and interviewed seem to have a debt to Coltrane and his quartet for this exceptional piece of music. I am inspired to listen and understand more.
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This book, along with Kahn's book about Kind of Blue is sublime. It gets you right in the middle of the album and what it was like to make it. You can almost hear it coming from the pages. Fantastic, highly recommended!
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I'd already bought this book years ago, but as a special present for a friend's birthday I purchased another. Although the book was old it was in very good condition - my friend loved it.
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