Kansas City Lightning

Kansas City Lightning

The Rise And Times Of Charlie Parker

Book - 2013
Average Rating:
Rate this:
3

Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker is the first installment in the long-awaited portrait of one of the most talented and influential musicians of the twentieth century, from Stanley Crouch, one of the foremost authorities on jazz and culture in America.

Throughout his life, Charlie Parker personified the tortured American artist: a revolutionary performer who used his alto saxophone to create a new music known as bebop even as he wrestled with a drug addiction that would lead to his death at the age of thirty-four.

Drawing on interviews with peers, collaborators, and family members, Kansas City Lightning recreates Parker's Depression-era childhood; his early days navigating the Kansas City nightlife, inspired by lions like Lester Young and Count Basie; and on to New York, where he began to transcend the music he had mastered. Crouch reveals an ambitious young man torn between music and drugs, between his domineering mother and his impressionable young wife, whose teenage romance with Charlie lies at the bittersweet heart of this story.

With the wisdom of a jazz scholar, the cultural insights of an acclaimed social critic, and the narrative skill of a literary novelist, Stanley Crouch illuminates this American master as never before.

Publisher: New York :, It Books,, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062005595
0062005596
Branch Call Number: B PARKER
Characteristics: 365 pages, [16 pages] :,illustrations ;,24 cm

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

n
nsystems
May 11, 2015

The author has been writing about jazz for more than forty years, and is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship.
Crouch gives us a great biography, and a history of the rise of bebop. Sweet!

tailwagger Mar 10, 2014

Beautifully written, with incredible insight. A compelling piece of work with nary a sour note. Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in American history or contemporary music. It reminds me a little of Robert Caro's writing, a story told so well you forget it's non-fiction.

ChristchurchLib Feb 19, 2014

"The first of two volumes based on the life of one of the most talented and influential musicians of the 20th century reaches back past the legend to reveal Charlie Parker the wunderkind who was raised in the midst of the Depression in the wide-open town of Boss Tom Pendergast's Kansas City." Biography and Memoir February 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/0e887225-0b8a-4fa1-a3f4-f7a1eba4ffe0?postId=0eb00fdc-2a64-4083-8ac8-384add517db0

Age

Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at my library

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top