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dershem
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2020 8:45 am    Post subject: Clark Terry Reply with quote

I just got a copy of Clark's autobiography (Mic's signed copy - his widow sent it), and was wondering if any of you had read it. It's on my 'to read' stack ... but that stack is about 3 feet high.
Any reviews?
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2020 9:21 am    Post subject: Re: Clark Terry Reply with quote

dershem wrote:
I just got a copy of Clark's autobiography (Mic's signed copy - his widow sent it), and was wondering if any of you had read it. It's on my 'to read' stack ... but that stack is about 3 feet high.
Any reviews?


I loved it, although I personally felt it could have used some better editing. That's no fault of the writer! (Those of us that have written professionally know how important a great editor is for the final product...) But it's a great ride from a relentlessly positive guy and inspiring musician.

One thing that really stuck with me - aside from his wonderful personality, which really comes through in the pages - was his description of the music scene in NYC with all the commercial work of the time. It's really something.

I didn't think it was a classic on the level of "To Be Or Not To Bop" or "Miles" or any of the books by Louis, but as a trumpet player and CT fan I think there's a whole lot to love in there!

I mean, come on, it's CT - it has to be great!
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2020 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Read it, and really enjoyed it. The man was committed and came from nothing, great motivation. I like that the writing is very informal, very much in his voice.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2020 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

vwag wrote:
Read it, and really enjoyed it. The man was committed and came from nothing, great motivation. I like that the writing is very informal, very much in his voice.


Agree 100%
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