But Beautiful by Geoff Dyer audiobook

But Beautiful: A Book About Jazz

By Geoff Dyer
Read by Dion Graham

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In eight poetically charged vignettes, Geoff Dyer skillfully evokes the music and the men who shaped modern jazz. Drawing on photos, anecdotes, and, most important, the way he hears the music, Dyer imaginatively reconstructs scenes from the embattled lives of some of the greats: Lester Young fading away in a hotel room; Charles Mingus storming down the streets of New York on a too-small bicycle; Thelonious Monk creating his own private language on the piano. However, music is the driving force of But Beautiful, and wildly metaphoric prose that mirrors the quirks, eccentricity, and brilliance of each musician's style.

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Summary

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Winner of the Somerset Maugham Award

Winner of the 1992 Somerset Maugham Award

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

In eight poetically charged vignettes, Geoff Dyer skillfully evokes the music and the men who shaped modern jazz. Drawing on photos, anecdotes, and, most important, the way he hears the music, Dyer imaginatively reconstructs scenes from the embattled lives of some of the greats: Lester Young fading away in a hotel room; Charles Mingus storming down the streets of New York on a too-small bicycle; Thelonious Monk creating his own private language on the piano. However, music is the driving force of But Beautiful, and wildly metaphoric prose that mirrors the quirks, eccentricity, and brilliance of each musician's style.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Top-shelf performance . . . Dion Graham delivers the kind of listening experience that you'll want to hear in one sitting. AudioFile
“Achingly gorgeous.” Entertainment Weekly
“May be the best book ever written about jazz.” Los Angeles Times
“A masterful effort, which comes as close to the music’s essence as prose can go.” San Francisco Chronicle
“The written equivalent of a jazz performance…[Dyer] has created an unforgettable melody of his own.” Atlanta Journal Consitution
“With his wide range of dialects and exceptional ability to immerse himself in a story, Dion Graham delivers the kind of listening experience that you’ll want to hear in one sitting and in the dark—a slowly unfolding tableau of moody characters and difficult times…Lifted by Graham’s performance, this is an incomparable window onto the world of jazz in mid-century America. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Geoff Dyer

Author Bio: Geoff Dyer

Geoff Dyer is the author of several novels, a critical study of John Berger, and numerous genre-defying books, including Out of Sheer Rage, which was a National Book Critics Circle finalist.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Music
Runtime: 5.11
Audience: Adult
Language: English