89.1 WEMU

Mingus Speaks

Oct 14, 2013

Charles Mingus did not do small.

He was a big man, with big appetites, big ambitions, big grievances, big passions, big skills, and above all, a big vision.

Mingus was blunt and outspoken about the place of jazz in music history and American culture, about which performers were the real thing (or not), and much more. The book, written by John F. Goodman, features in-depth interviews conducted several years before Charles died. The stories capture the composer's spirit and voice.

This book can be yours for a pledge of  $120 dollars to WEMU.