Deep in A Dream

Deep in A Dream

The Long Night of Chet Baker

Book - 2011
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This first major biography of the most romanticized icon in jazz thrillingly recounts his wild ride. From his emergence in the 1950s--when an uncannily beautiful young man from Oklahoma appeared on the West Coast to become, seemingly overnight, the prince of "cool" jazz--until his violent, drug-related death in Amsterdam in 1988, Chet Baker lived a life that has become an American myth. Here, drawing on hundreds of interviews and previously untapped sources, James Gavin gives a hair-raising account of the trumpeter's dark journey.
Publisher: Chicago, Ill. :, Chicago Review Press,, 2011.
Edition: Unabridged paperback edition.
ISBN: 9781569767573
Branch Call Number: 788.9216509 GA
Characteristics: 430 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm


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Nov 23, 2011

I picked up this book because I heard an interview about it on NPR. As a fan of Chet Baker’s music and jazz in general, I thought it would be interesting to learn more about the trumpet player.

Chet Baker had it all: talent, handsome looks, fans worldwide and a drug addiction that took it all away.

The author, James Gavin, presents a thoroughly researched portrait of Chet Baker. I wasn’t wild about his cynical, sarcastic tone throughout the book, however, that didn’t prevent me from finishing it either. It was a disturbing look at the jazz legend’s life, to say the least.

I think the life and times of Chet Baker would make for a great movie. Sadly though, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to listen to the music of Chet Baker the same way again.


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