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Charlie Parker - The Life and Music of Bird


188 pgs.
University of Illinois Press, Publ.

Weaving together firsthand accounts with new information and fascinating insights, Chuck Haddix draws a compelling portrait of a man who defined the term tragic genius. Parker became a transitional composer and improviser who influenced generations of musicians. But 'Bird' also reveals the troubled man behind the music, showing how Parker's addictions and mental health struggles affected his life and career. Illustrated with never-before seen images, 'Bird' corrects the misinformation and myth about one of the twentieth century's towering musical figures.

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