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Kansas City Lightning - The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker


365 pgs.
HarperCollins, Publ.

The first in a two-volume life of Parker by Stanley Crouch, "Kansas City Lightning" draws on decades of original interviews with peers, collaborators, and family members. With the musical wisdom of a lifetime jazz scholar, the cultural insights of an indispensable social critic, and the narrative skill of a fine writer, Crouch brings Parker back to glorious, surprising, and deeply moving life.

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