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Deep in a Dream: The Long Night of Chet Baker [Format Kindle]

James Gavin
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Descriptions du produit

Revue de presse

"Much of Baker's work was unique and remains haunting. All the more haunting after reading this book" (Sunday Independent)

"Detailed and perceptive" (Economist)

"It reads like true life... Gavin is very good" (Time Out)

"Detailed... Critically assured and never allows the cool of the icon to occlude the venality of the individual" (Scotland on Sunday)

"Baker's impact lives on even now - sexy, angelic, needy, icy and enigmatic... Gavin's book captures Baker's journey from the golden promise of his youth to his seedy end in Amsterdam in mesmerising detail" (Irish Independent)

Présentation de l'éditeur

From his emergence in the 1950s as an uncannily beautiful young Oklahoman who became the prince of “cool” jazz seemingly overnight to his violent, drug-related death in Amsterdam in 1988, Chet Baker lived a life that has become an American myth. Drawing on hundreds of interviews and previously untapped sources, this first major biography of one of the most romanticized icons in jazz gives a thrilling account of the trumpeter’s dark journey. Author James Gavin delves deeply into Baker’s tormented childhood, the origins of his melancholic trumpet playing, and even reveals the long-unsolved riddle of Baker’s demise. Baker’s otherworldly personal aura struck a note of menace and mystery that catapulted him to fame in the staid 1950s but as time wore on, his romance with drugs became highly publicized. Gavin narrates the harrowing spiral of dependency down which Baker tumbled and illustrates how those who dared to get close were dragged down with him. This is the portrait of a musician whose singular artistry and mystique has never lost the power to enchant and seduce.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 3961 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 473 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1569767572
  • Editeur : Chicago Review Press (1 juillet 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B005JWUE14
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Une litanie de noms de jazzmen 23 novembre 2008
Par Ros
Un livre très répétitif, comme une litanie de noms très connus du monde du jazz: toujours les mêmes commentaires sur l'addiction aux drogues - vraiment un livre à vous dégoûter de ce monde complètement. Je n'ai pas pu le finir... Je vais quand même continuer à écouter Chet Baker et les autres de son époque, mais dans une autre optique... En somme, effectivement, une très longue nuit (et un trop long livre)!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent, thorough document 3 décembre 2008
Par samcram07
"Deep in a Dream" is a must-read to all Chet Baker fans. But beware! This is not the glamorous depiction of a fallen angel, but the day-to-day life of a lost soul who had given up on love and self-confidence, only to find music his only friend. The books thoroughly reviews all aspects of Baker's life and renders scenes as if in a movie. It grows on you and reads itself. It comes with many pictures, showing the physical and mental decline of one of the most soulful horn players ever. Yet the comments remain as objective as they can be and never judge the man too fast. For an open, educational, and sometimes heartwrenching read, do not hesitate! The incredibly sad life of Chet Baker.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Where's the music? 21 juin 2002
Par Melissa L. Roberson - Publié sur
While this book will certainly make compelling reading for any Chet Baker fan, or any follower of the 1950s-60s jazz scene, be prepared for a frigid treatment of the subject. Mr. Gavin may have a knack for writing about jazz musicians, but he neither understands nor appreciates the music itself one whit. There was a definite gap in the Chet Baker bio market, and Gavin has filled it. Unfortunately, he has not only taken the same angle that the tabloids always did, covering the drugs-and-domestic-violence aspect of Chet Baker, but he has gone them one better--to suit his theme he paints Baker not as a hip musician, which he was, but as a bumbling Okie square, who could never keep up with the music's 'advances'. Baker's conservative opinions of free jazz and fusion, to name just one example, are held up to ridicule. He is dismissed as being 'incapable' of such 'catharsis', as if his opinion were formed out of jealousy or open-mouthed incomprehension. In fact, Miles Davis, who is repeatedly held up as an example of what a great musician is made of so Baker can pale in comparison, despised free jazz. For that matter, many very hip black jazz musicians hated free jazz, and fusion as well. Louis Armstrong thought bebop itself was a joke. All the usual jazz cliches are resurrected here: white jazz is intellectual and precise but lacks feeling, while black jazz is earthy, charged with life and dripping with soul, etc. Except for frequent put-downs of Baker's music for its alleged "lack of feeling" (what, if not feeling, is Baker's music known for?) Gavin barely mentions any of Baker's recorded legacy, aside from occasional session details which always involved Chet's forgetting the date because he was stoned, and his subsequent lack of blowing power when finally coaxed into the studio. His quiet, intimate music is repeatedly dismissed as 'cold' or 'dead', either because Gavin apparently cannot understand feeling unless it is loud, sweaty and intense, or because any other analysis would complicate his single-minded theme. History features no shortage of creeps, louses or idiot savants who packed their music with feeling--Mozart anyone? Charlie Parker? Miles? Then what's all the fuss about? Why do we listen to this man's music 30, 40 and 50 years after it's been recorded? Why aren't we listening to Abbey Lincoln's or Albert Ayler's or any of the other cathartic free jazz or fusion that Gavin holds up as supreme examples of hip? If you didn't know before reading the book, you won't know after.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 one of the saddest stories ever told 25 mai 2002
Par Stuart Hoffman - Publié sur
It's difficult to recreate the arrival of Chet Baker to the world of jazz. At that time, around 1950, the trumpet masters were Roy Eldridge, Dizzy Gillespe, Fats Navarro, and the Stan Kenton trumpet section, with Maynard Fergueson, and Buddy Childers. These "monsters" played above high C. F's, G's, and yes even DOUBLE high C's were their daily vocabulary. Along comes a kid from Oklahoma, whose family settles near LA, who never practices, has no high register(if he ever played a high C, I've never heard it) and decides to confront these guys, and the public with his idea of jazz, and jazz singing.He is an immediate sensation. His chamber music approach to jazz trumpet playing affects many people as does his singing. There are those who rate him a spinoff of Miles Davis, and that his singing isn't singing at all. I rate him a true master in both categories. The only fly in the ointment was his discovery and love of heroin. It superceded everything in his life---loved ones(some say he only loved heroin) children, musical associates etc. James Gavin does a masterful job recreating a life if possible, more tragic than Art Pepper's, or Charley Parker's. It's not for the faint of heart. If you worship every note and vocal of this master as I do, it's a must.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Well written but not enough about the music: 31 mars 2003
Par R. H OAKLEY - Publié sur
Deep in a Dream is a thoroughly researched and well written biography of Chet Baker. Baker was a one of the leading stars of West Coast jazz in the 50's and early 60's, and as he played trumpet, was at times held up as a white version of Miles Davis. This comparison was unfortunate; although gifted with a natural talent, Baker never matured into a major figure like Davis, and the one time they played on the same bill, Davis's group blew them away. Baker was also blessed with model-like looks (although by the time he died, he looked like a walking corpse), and often sang in an androgynous, subdued voice that many people found very moving. (Matt Damon imitates this in the Ripley movie, where he sings a Baker standard, My Funny Valentine, in the style of Baker.) Unfotunately, as this book documents thoroughly, Baker was a heroin addict for most of his adult life, and cared much more about getting drugs than anything else. Not surprisingly, this led to a downward spiral in his career. By the early 1960s he was getting bad reviews in the US, and relocated to Europe, leaving his family behind. He toured widely there, and became something of a cult figure.
Baker's life does not make for pleasant reading. He used people whenever he could, paid no attention to his children (other than to steal his son's trumpet on a rare visit home), and recorded primarily to get money to fund his drug habits. Since he always needed money right away, he usually signed away royalties in return for an advance. This left him perpetually broke. Eventually he died under mysterious circumstances (probably suicide) in Holland.
James Gavin has talked to just about everybody that had contact with Baker, as well as researching reviews of his performances and records. Gavin is clearly taken with Baker's music but does not hesitate to repeat the sometimes vitriolic reviews Baker received. As depressing as Baker's life is, Gavin has not written a slash and burn biography designed to show his subject as an awful person. His judgments seem quite fair. However, I would have liked more discussion of Baker's music -- what made his playing and singing popular even today. There is some discussion of this but not enough to convey why we should care about Baker as an artist. This book makes an interesting contrast with two biographies of Baker's contemporary Bill Evans (My Foolish Heart and Everything Happens to Me), who may have been as big a drug user, but whose biographies mention his drug use in passing and concentrate almost entirely on the music. The Evans's biographies probably go too far in neglecting his messy life, but they still do a good job of showing why Evans is still an important figure today.
Nevertheless, it is difficult to imagine anyone writing a biography of Baker as good as this one, and this is certainly the book to read if you want to know more about Chet Baker. There is also a tie-in CD, with the tracks selected by the author, that is an excellent introduction to Baker's music.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Living Drama. 22 août 2004
Par Kevin Currie-Knight - Publié sur
They say that the key element in engrossing drama is a main character with a tragic flaw. Chet Baker, it seems, had that - his inability (or lack of motivation) to care about anything (including consequences). At least, that seems to be Mr. Gavin's take in this gripping and unfinching tale of jazz trumpeter turned ravenous junkie, Chet Baker. From his early days that saw an overly doting mother to the many loves in Baker's life that played more the role of a mom than a lover, Chet Baker is portrayed (probably correctly) as a wrecklessly detached, yet childlike, soul all too content to drift through life letting others clean up increasingly heinous messes.

As other reviewers have noted, this book is not a pretty read. For me, I recall many evenings where I couldn't pry myself away from these pages, yet hardly "wanted" to continue reading. (The former emotion always won out!) We see a junkie, an egocentrist, a master trumpeter, an inveterate manipulator, and - somehow - even a childlike innocent who we never cease, in some way, to feel at least some compassion for (and in some sense, that was part of Baker's ease of manipulation). And Mr. Gavin's well-written biography gives us a front row seat to it all!

Now, I've never been one to assume that in order to 'understand' a musician, one does best to know their history. But it is hard for me to imagine that I will ever be able to listen to one of Baker's glossy ballads in exactly the same way again, now knowing about the torturous life that his notes belie. And if you are a Baker fan (I have to imagine that if you are here, you are) no doubt the book will do the same to you.

To close, I must reiterate that this is a wildly engrossing book that reads as much like fiction as a biography can. Baker's life, of course, is as intriguing and multidiminsional as any novelist could write. James Gavin obviously did his homework (as at very least evidenced by the huge list of sources and notes). Though certainly not for the faint of heart, Gavin's book should be a valuable addition to any fan's library.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Deep in a Dream...Dream material for Hollywood. 1 octobre 2002
Par "jam10011" - Publié sur
Chet Baker had it all: an amazing musical talent, handsome looks, fans worldwide and a drug addiction that took it all away. In this extraordinary biography by James Gavin, we get an intimate glimpse at the artist. It's not pretty but it truly is riveting.
I, too, heard James Gavin on Terry Gross' "Fresh Air" and bought the book as a result. Gavin deserves much kudos. He presents a well-balanced portrait of Chet Baker, the the best one I've read on him. Gavin clearly demonstrates keen knowledge of the jazz world and his subject. This book could not have been an easy undertaking. Yes, the drug aspect is dealt with in great detail, but how could it not? Unfortunately, it appears music and drugs didn't exist without each other in Baker's life. In one of the more poignant moments of the book, Baker has finished playing one of the most celebrated gigs of his career, only to be found within a week playing on the street to scrounge up a hundred bucks for a fix.
Throughout all this, I don't for one minute believe that Gavin is out to slay his subject by painting a tabloid picture. Unlike many tell-all biographies, Gavin truly cares about Baker. And it shows thorough a deftly crafted chronicle of Baker's wild roller coaster life that shoots to the top then plunges only to go faster and faster. Taking us along through twists and turns, spiraling out of control until a final stretch, that although we know what's coming, we want to read more.
At times Baker's music merit is debated. There is one thing that isn't. That's his legacy to the world of jazz: Over 150 albums; a recording of "My Funny Valentine" that, to this day, all others are compared; and now we have Gavin's remarkable yet very disturbing portrait of the legend.
When I finished reading, I was left with one question. Has Hollywood noticed this book? It should.
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