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In this book, leading musician, jazz club founder, and compere Ronnie Scott recalls the highlights, tribulations, multiple frustrations and moments of intense musical gratification in running his leading London jazz club, due to celebrate its 45th year in October 2004. He also writes of his early days as a musician and band-leader. The book is full of his wry and witty observations and is informed by a shrewd appreciation of the eccentricities of human nature.
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Co-author Mike Hennessey is a leading jazz writer. He covered the inernational music scene for Billboard magazine for 27 years and has written hundreds of articles, reviews, album notes and biographical features for a wide range of jazz magazines. He is also the author of The Little Giant: The Story of Johnny Griffin (Northway, 2008), an acclaimed biography of drummer Kenny Clarke and Tin Pan Alley, a book about the British music business.Review:
'In the train journey sense, it's a Good Read. However, beyond all the anecdotes and the wonderful lines... and the hints of Ronnie's East End childhood, there's something deeper. It took Ronnie Scott's account of his early struggles to make me see one of the fundamental differences between jazz musicians and the rest.' Peter Clayton, Sunday Telegraph. 'With its array of outsize characters and crisp anecdotes the book is genuinely entertaining, even for non-jazz buffs.' Kevin Henriques, Financial Times. 'An enthralling book about a memorable character.' Jim Godbolt, Jazz at Ronnie Scott's. 'One of the best books about jazz, and its characters, ever written.' Music Week. 'I laughed a lot.' Brian Case, Melody Maker. --Sunday Telegraph
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Book Description Hardback. Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Seller Inventory # GOR001352211
Book Description W.H. Allen / Virgin Books, 1979. Hardcover. Condition: Used; Acceptable. We are committed to providing each customer with the highest standard of customer service. All books are picked, packed and dispatched from the United Kingdom. Seller Inventory # FH1749902
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Book Description W. H. Allen, London, 1979. Rigide. Condition: Parfait. Dust Jacket Condition: Jaquette en parfait état. Mel Calman (illustrator). BINDING: hardcover and jacket in-8° 205x135x15mm 125p. PUBLISHING: W. H. Allen, London 1979. AUTHOR: Scott Ronnie - Hennessey Mike. TITLE: Some of my best friends are blues Cartoons By Mel Calman. LANGUAGE: english. Seller Inventory # 041707
Book Description W.H. Allen / Virgin Books, 1979. 1st Edition. Blue cloth board edges and spine lightly faded. Endpapers have faint spots of browning; edges lightly foxed. Internally bright and clean. Dust jacket price clipped, faded, and yellowed. Used - Good. VG hardback in good dust jacket. Seller Inventory # BOOKS247406I
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Book Description W H Allen, London, 1979. Hard Cover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Hb, 125pp, b/w cartoons. VG with clean contents in Good+ dj, sunned spine. Lighthearted and entertaining behind-the-scenes look at running the world-famous jazz club in Soho, London, which also touches on Ronnie Scott's early years as an apprentice musician. With contributions by Benny Green, Spike Milligan and Mel Calman. Seller Inventory # 041290
Book Description W H Allen, 1979. Hardback. Condition: VERY GOOD. 1979. W H Allen. First. Book- VG+. DJ- VG, edgewear. 8x5. 125pp. Profuse b/w cartoons by Mel Calman. Seller Inventory # 385891
Book Description W.H. Allen, London, 1979. Card Covers. Condition: Vg. Dust Jacket Condition: Vg. Mel Calman (illustrator). First Edition. 125pp. one or two corners creased. Cartoons. Seller Inventory # 002588
Book Description W.H. Allen, London, 1979. Hard Cover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. First Edition. Book condition: VG with very slight fade to top edge. Dustjacket: Good/VG with slight wrinkle to edges; small tear to top edge; very slight sunning; price intact. A bright copy. Seller Inventory # 011690