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Deep in a Dream: The Long Night of Chet Baker par [Gavin, James]
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Longueur : 473 pages Langue : Anglais

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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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  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 3.0 étoiles sur 5 2 commentaires client
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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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"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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1.0 étoiles sur 5 This was a perverse book mercilessly feasting on the salacious and disgusting aspects of a man's life 8 janvier 2015
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I agree with many of the negative reviewers. This was a perverse book mercilessly feasting on the salacious and disgusting aspects of a man's life. It had the feel of one of those trash papers by the supermarket checkout stands. The author shows no empathy or compassion, no appreciation West Coast jazz in particular or music in general. He is ignorant. He delights in describing the jazz great Gerry Mulligan as "pimply faced" Why? And his portrayal of Chet Baker as an out of control sex addict with many details seems more for the reader than for the truth. I was alive during all of this period and especially enjoyed Mulligan and Baker when they were playing at George Wein's Storyville in Boston's Back Bay. I treasure those times when I had the opportunity to experience a profound musical partnership in an intimate setting.
I suppose for some there is some voyeuristic satisfaction in wading through the mess of one's life - not a healthy thing to do. I still await a responsible biography..
The dist jacket of the book says it all: he chose two grotesque pictures of Chet Baker.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The Chet Baker Study... 8 mars 2004
Par Jorge Barbarosa - Publié sur
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A tortured soul, living a hell in a wasteland, howling and desolate, junked up, paranoid, insecure, with the one goal most if not every junky ascribes to...getting the next dose. Did you ever wonder what makes people like the Baker or the Charley Parker , Kurt Cobain or Bix Beiderbeck reach down to the bottom when they have so much to offer. Jaco Pastorius too and Jerry Garcia could have also been lumped into this terrible category. Yet, we as humans are fascinated by this lifestyle and glamorize the "stars" and talents. But do those same people find their life glamorous? Or, are a few of those stars and talents incomplete, seeking, never satisfied, bored, living on some sort of edge which leads them into a self destructive lifestyle. I've read a number of books about musicians who have self-destructed, perhaps I hold a perverse fascination with the phenomena and I can't explain why. As a musician for over 40 years I have always admired the musicianship of the greats like Beiderbeck or Getz or Baker or Pepper, Pastorius and many more, but could never understand the penchant for killing themselves through extreme substance abuse. What were they missing in life, which left them so unfulfilled?
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Four Stars 18 mai 2017
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i'm obsessively reading the book.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Deep in a Dream.. Anvil reality of a soft delivery 1 février 2017
Par george selleck - Publié sur
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Having never known about the dirty nuts and bolts of Bakers life., I was lead for years to dwell in the cushy recline of his delicate vocals, and unhurried , shaman playing. This reading, I concur, as tragic as the seemingly well written book reveals., was worth every bit of the highs and bottomless lows it conveys. Well done.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent Read 14 octobre 2008
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This biography is very well done. Mr. Gavin never tries to sensationalize Chet Baker's life and, if anything, seems at times to not care much for the trumpeter. He praises what he feels are quality works by Baker, but never hesitates to be critical of poor or money-grabbing performances. He refers often to the ethereal, emotive, less-is-more style that so endeared Baker to his fans, but likewise gives voice to opinions that Chet's ascension to fame was due more to his good looks and skin color than his talent.

Gavin also looks long and hard at Baker the son, the husband, the father, the lover, the person. He frames the man as having two obsessions: dope and music, both of which depended heavily on the other. Everything else in life was secondary, with much of it merely a nuisance to Chet. Jazz and heroin were the only things that were easy for him, and he devoted every possible moment to both. Gavin does a superior job of bringing this life to focus.
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