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Deep in a Dream: The Long Night of Chet Baker by James Gavin
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3.0 out of 5 stars Chet lovers beware!, 12 Aug 2002
Though this book is essential reading for all Chet heads, you will need a strong stomach to swallow the portrait Mr.Gavin serves up. It's the opposite of the hagiographic line taken by his Dutch biographer, but in purporting to debunk the myth Gavin creates his own, that of a near-psychopathic soulless demon who just happened to have an inexplicable musical talent. Glorying in all the most sordid deails, this hatchet job leaves a sour taste in the mouth. Gavin is a knowledgable guy and presumably was attrcted to Chet through the music and the image in the first place, so perhaps this is another case of "each man kills the thing he loves". Perhaps it's appropriate to quote Wilde since Chet… Read more

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