Beneath the Underdog by Charles Mingus

By Charles Mingus

Charles Mingus, bassist, composer and bandleader, used to be one of many towering figures of yank 20th century song. during this memoir, Mingus records his formative years on a military base in Arizona, his tough teenage years in Watts, and his musical schooling through the likes of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Charlie Parker. designated and lyrical voice, this memoir charts the highs and lows of a existence lived to the whole. underneath the Underdog can be a portrait of lifestyles within the Forties and Fifties, of rules of id and race in the USA and the ways that they affected the younger Mingus. chiefly, it's a strong story informed during the eyes of an inspiring, anguished and impressive musician.

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