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To Be or Not to Bop

Gillespie, Dizzy; Fraser, Al

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ISBN 10: 0385120524 / ISBN 13: 9780385120524
Published by Doubleday, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1979
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Blue cloth spine over red boards, gilt titles. Stated first edition. Four B&W photo supplements on coated paper. Memoirs of one of the most high-profile and popular jazzmen ever. Book very good plus with soil and spotting to top edge. DJ very good with several 1" tears, other edgewar, price clipped. Scarce. 552 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 10593

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Title: To Be or Not to Bop

Publisher: Doubleday, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1979

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition.

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One of the outstanding musicians of jazz and the founder of "bebop" tells the story of his rise through New York clubs to stardom and talks about the many people who have performed with him

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You don’t have to know John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie’s songs to feel his influence. The self-taught trumpet player rose from a poor but musically driven upbringing to become a jazz mastermind, founding the bebop movement and giving rise to Afro-Cuban music.

This extensive biography is intertwined with reflections from famous Gillespie associates Cab Calloway, Count Basie, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Mary Lou Williams, Ella Fitzgerald, and many others. They provide numerous perspectives of Gillespie’s early start on the road to fame and the spirited times that would follow.

To Be, or Not . . . to Bop is a unique account serves as both a rollicking history lesson in American music and culture and a towering play-by-play of a life not to be forgotten.

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