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A great read about a tragic genius
on 27 September 2000
I read this book because I was interested in finding out about Charlie Parker, after reading Ian Carr's Miles Davis biography, and reading how highly Miles rated Bird. This book is at least the other's equal, and tells a harrowing story of a man way ahead of his time spiralling into a drugs hell. A great read, it will improve your knowledge of jazz history in Parker's revolutionary times, and your appreciation of the man's music (often hard to follow, but ultimately rewarding) while drawing you into the far more personal aspect of the destruction of a man, often betrayed by a world not yet ready for him.