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Beneath the Underdog by Charles Mingus. The legendary jazzman recounts his life undedrog career, from his childhood in Watts and his apprenticeship with jazz musicians, to his recordings with Duke Ellington and others, and more.
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Jul 15, Lee rated it liked it. Mingus undercog passes on some effective bedroom wisdom in this book. I always relish the opportunity to respond, when asked where I learned an especially tantalizing “lovemaking” technique, “That little manuever? My dear, I learned that from none other than Beneafh Mingus. Mingus played the double bass with considerable energy, passion approaching ferocity, and since the double bass is more human than any instrument out there, you can trust the dude.
As for the book, I read it in en route to Austin in early after a little Xmas vacation home to NJ — really all I remember is the aforementioned technique. Mar 06, Eric rated it did not like it. A book of earnest erotica posing as a jazz memoir, Beneath the Underdog chronicles Mingus’ childhood and early career as a lover and a pimp with nary of a mention of the music into which he poured his more worthwhile thoughts.
Mingus’ book is funny and touching at times, but it’s also very repetitive Who can keep all the women straight? Certainly not Mingus and often stilted. Mingus’ tells his story almost completely through dialogue, and while some of it does a good job at capturing voices M A book of earnest erotica posing as a jazz memoir, Beneath the Underdog chronicles Mingus’ childhood and early career as a lover and a pimp with nary of a mention of the music into which he poured his more worthwhile thoughts.
Mingus’ tells his story almost completely through dialogue, and while some of it does a good job at capturing voices Mingus does a great Duke Ellington imitationmuch of it sounds inauthentic—either too slangy or too formal for the context. The underdo payoff—fifty or so pages of Mingus’ musings on reality, love, God, and the universe—comes across as My Dinner with Andre -light. It’s more world-weary, but not much more profound, than a twelve-year-old’s thoughts on metaphysics.
Yet the strangest and most disappointing part of Beneath the Underdog is its refusal to discuss Mingus’ music. Every so often in a lull between orgies, a character mentions something to Benexth that lets us know how his career is progressing “I heard that album you did with Duke and Max Roach!
In the absence of a real discussion of what made Mingus special, Beneath the Underdog is nothing more than a mediocre memoir about a fairly anonymous, sexually hungry man growing up in Watts in knderdog s and finally finding Kerouac’s “IT” in an insane asylum in New York.
Jan 20, Wes Freeman rated it liked it. Thoroughly complicated autobiography of highly original jazz bassist and composer Charles Mingus.
Beneath the Underdog
Intensely philosophical, the role of jazz in Mingus’ life or at least the parts of it he put in this book seems to be so all-encompassing that its incidental; like why is a dude gonna waste time talking about air in his autobiography? This ain’t a music book, it’s a Mingus book, and Mingus was one conflicted dude. Starts with memories of his childhood in Watts, precedes through his psychically des Thoroughly complicated autobiography of highly original jazz bassist and composer Charles Mingus.
Starts with memories of his childhood in Watts, precedes through his psychically destructive relationships with two women they were a threesomehis attempts to reconcile innate idealism with learned misanthropy. Shares fond memories and interesting anecdotes about his fellow musicians, heaps scorn on his detractors, and presents us with a world so particular and individualistic, it’s almost cosmologically Mingusian. Sep 05, Josh rated it it was amazing.
This is one of the greatest works of autobiographical fiction I will ever read. Mingus’ verbal play is Joycean, his humor Rabelaisian. He is unflinchingly brave when writing about childhood, race, class, sex, creativity, and madness. He is filthily obscene and tenderly naive. This is the kind of candor, self-exhibition and self-delusion that only the most truthful autobiographical fiction achieves. This book starts out extremely well. What made one of the great composers and band leaders not to mention bass players of the 20th century?
I made it over halfway. Feb 04, larrytheimp rated it it was amazing Shelves: For all the fictitious elements on the page, Mingus manages to inject his personality directly into the narrative. You never forget for a second who is driving this crazy umbrella; and this book paints a more human, real, and nuanced image of the man in a way that no meticulously researched, cited and cross-referenced academic biography ever could.
Mingus’ voice in Beneath the Underdog is con For all the fictitious elements on the page, Mingus manages to inject his personality directly into the narrative. Mingus’ voice in Beneath the Underdog is convincingly organic and eccentric, and a must read or any casual Mingus fan. A quick and very enjoyable read. Everyone I’ve lent this book to has commented, even years later, about how memorable it was. For jazz fans, Mingus’ descriptions of the conversations between the instruments of well known musicians during jams is hilarious and just plain awesome.
In Beneath the Underdog you get pure Mingus in all his lovable, maniacal glory. Mar 29, Robert Gustavo rated it it was ok.
I enjoy a beneat fictionalized autobiography as much as the next guy, and I think it is entirely appropriate for someone to embellish here and there to get a good story. Sometimes a well crafted story with only the slightest hints of truth will tell you more about the person than the actual facts ever will. And, Mingus was a large man, with larger passions, and an ego even larger still, so a certain amount of bravado and bragging is to be expected.
This should have been great.
Unfortunately, the wh I enjoy a good fictionalized autobiography as much as the next guy, and I think it is entirely appropriate for someone to embellish here and there to get a good story. Unfortunately, the whole thing reads like a 15 year old boy’s idea of what would be really cool and awesome.
The pimping, the badly written erotica, the mnigus You do learn a lot about Mingus from this, but nothing you would want to know. At least you will come away knowing how to toilet train a cat. Apr 16, Andrew Ludke rated it it was amazing.
This is a fierce, bragging, smart, autobiography beneatj full of tall tales and simple truths. Written in a very straightforward language that’s full of colloquialisms slang unnderdog street smarts. It reminded me of the anger evident in the Miles Davis biography, but it’s more matter of fact about it.
I recently read this for the second time and it was just as good as i remember it. Aug 12, JDK rated it it was ok. And a pretty heavy serving of mysticism on top. This did not have the feel of a book that was written: Toward the end of the book, he makes a statement I’ve always had trouble with. In discussing jazz, he says “It’s the American Negro’s tradition, it’s his music. White people don’t have a right to play it, it’s colored folk music.
And I seriously doubt Mingus, at any age, would have gone along if some white doofus told him he didn’t have the “right” to play classical music. If you’re interested in playing music, you’re interested in playing the music that speaks to you emotionally and engages you intellectually. Aug 31, Acharnaikos rated it liked it. I would give it two and a half stars. The concept is great: Forget about, “And then I played with Miles,” and, “Bird was great because Some people complain that this book doesn’t talk about the music enough.
This book isn’t about how Mingus lived through jazz history.
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This book is about Mingus. It is the mind of Mingus. Stream of consciousness, musings on love, contemplations of what it means to be a I would give it two and a half stars. Stream of consciousness, musings on love, contemplations of what it means to be a minority, poetically talking about split personalities and telling stories about a detached self that bneath or may not be true: Who cares about how the music was played and who undderdog it and why?
Beneath the Underdog by Charles Mingus
This is what went into the music, what made it. It’s not a memoir. It’s a novel; it’s poem; it’s song! So, why underdoog two and half stars? Because, sometimes the music just isn’t that good.
Sometimes it has the substance without the style, sometimes kingus style without the substance. Sometimes it doesn’t have either particularly when it comes to the sexually explicit passages that often come off as juvenile though, one could argue that these passages are often spoken through the characters, but still The focus doesn’t so much shift in parts as jumps or wanders and usually needlessly so, and the structure doesn’t always make sense: