(JAZZ.) SPELLMAN, A. B.
Four Lives in the Bebop Business.
First UK edition, first impression (following the US edition of the previous year) and consisting of four essays on Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman, Jackie McLean, and Herbie Nichols; an influential work, described by Philip Larkin as “an absorbing book in more ways than one” (Spectator review 11 August 1967, anthologised in Jazz Writings, 2001) . The dust jacket design is by none other than a fresh-out-of-the-Royal-College-of-Art Ian Dury (of the Blockheads).
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Octavo. Original green cloth, gilt lettered spine. With the dust jacket. Nick at head of back panel of jacket. An excellent copy, with the publishers’ review slip loosely inserted.