Bird: The Legend of Charlie Parker.New York: The Citadel Press, 1962 Stock Code: 148331
First edition, this copy warmly inscribed on the front free endpaper, "To that marvellous, erudite, eminently self-cultivated guy Jan Kindler who always comes up with some new shit that gasses me, Bob Reisner". The recipient is name-checked in the acknowledgements to Robert S. Gold's Jazz Lexicon as "writer-jazz devotee", and contributed to such early "style" magazines as The Gent "An approach to Relaxation" and The Dude, "The Magazine devoted to Pleasure".. A classic biography, Bird as seen through the eyes of his fellow musicians, family and friends, with a moving remembrance by Reisner and discography by Erik Wiedmann. Precedes Russell's Bird Lives! by over ten years, far from common signed or inscribed. Reisner was Jazz columnist for the Village Voice, curator and librarian of the Institute of Jazz Studies, and as an impresario had presented Parker at the Open Door. One of a number of copies from the Bird collection of Norman Saks.
Octavo. Original black cloth, titled in red and white to spine. With dust jacket.
Profusely illustrated in black and white.
Boards a touch damp-mottled, endpapers slightly discoloured, otherwise very good in typically rubbed and chipped jacket, lacking small pieces at the head of the spine and from the front panel, but textually and pictorially complete.
Carner 2205, "oral history"; Horn 1135
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