The Man That Was Mingus
Interviewer since 1999R.J. DeLuke is an indefatigable jazz fan and arbiter elegantiarum who aspires to ultimate hipness; also an upstate NY freelance writer for various media.
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”Most people are forced to do things they don’t want to do most of the time,” the author quotes Mingus as saying, “and so they get to the point where they feel they no longer have any choice about anything important, including who they are. We create our own slavery.”
Simple. And accurate. But Mingus resisted that bondage. His constant struggle against it, even when he was sick, is one of the fascinating aspects of his life and is part of the vivid tapestry Santoro paints about one of America’s musical legends. The book, which includes a detailed discography, is one to be valued.