If you care about culture in the 20th century, black, white or any other colour then read this book. It is written in a very readable style with copious references and some pictures of the luminaries of the emerging black musical revolution in the USA. I think it could have done with more pictures but that's just me. Not sure Val Wilmer plays an instrument but speaks eloquently on the process of creating jazz. It has the air of authenticity and obviously she had the confidence of the (mainly) black musicians around her. It also reflects the turbulent and formative political and social atmostphere of the 60s/70s. A gem.