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Duke Ellington in Person: An Intimate Memoir [Signed & Inscribed]

Ellington, Mercer with Stanley Dance

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ISBN 10: 0306801043 / ISBN 13: 9780306801044
Published by New York: Da Capo Press, 1979, 1979
Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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8vo, card covers; xii, 236pp., ills. First Da Capo paperback reprint of the Houghton Mifflin '78 hardcover. Signed and inscribed at the first leaf by Mercer to jazz clarinetist Ken Peplowski and signed by saxophonist Harold Minerve further up the page. VG: light soiling to the covers and edges, solid binding, clean internals. Bookseller Inventory # ATLDEIPME

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Title: Duke Ellington in Person: An Intimate Memoir...

Publisher: New York: Da Capo Press, 1979

Publication Date: 1979

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Duke Ellington's only son recalls his own relationship with his father as well as recounting Duke's musical life and relationships with women and with other musicians


It's hard not to feel a little sorry for Mercer Ellington, who by his own admission spent the better part of his life locked in an Oedipal struggle with his brilliant dad. But let's not forget that Mercer wrote a handful of classics, ranging from melancholic mood pieces ("Blue Serge") to jam-session perennials ("Things Ain't What They Used to Be"). Nor should we overlook this fine memoir, which offers a window into Ellington's fantastically elusive private life. This is neither a dutiful hagiography nor an act of literary patricide: instead, Mercer has effectively mingled his father's story with his own. And in the end, he's too respectful of Duke's genius not to forgive his moments of paternal pettiness and axe-grinding.

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