Re: RARA-AVIS: HB nonfiction

William Denton (
Thu, 2 Jul 1998 04:21:51 -0400 (EDT) On Thu, 2 Jul 1998, James Rogers wrote:

: There is an amazing memoir by a jewish jazz artist whose name
: suddenly escapes me called _Really The Blues_ detailing the black
: jazz underworld, their connections to organized crime, the way
: Chicago prostitution worked , his own spell doing hard time and the
: ins and outs (mostly outs) of being a junkie. Lot of stuff about
: jazz, too. A great book.

That's by Mezz Mezzrow, who sold pot to Louis Armstrong. His clarinet
playing still gets slammed, but I think he's pretty good. The book is
a classic, and anyone on here would like it, but Amazon reports the
1991 edition is now out of print.

Thanks for reminding me of it.


William Denton | Toronto, Canada | | Caveat lector.
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