MEZZROW, Milton "Mezz", & Bernard Wolfe.

La rage de vivre.

récit Really the Blues. Traduit de l'Américain par Marcel Duhamel et Madeliene Gautier. Préface de Henry Miller.

Paris: Éditions Corrêa, 1951 Stock Code: 123411
£650.00

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Second edition in French (following the first of 1950), originally published in the US in 1946. Boldly signed by Mezzrow in blue biro on the half-title, along with the signatures of four other jazz musicians: French pianist Claude Bolling, New Orleanian trumpeter Lee Collins, trombonist Jimmy Archey, and drummer Fred Moore; identifying annotations in pencil by a previous owner. The autographs may have been garnered at the Salle Pleyel, Paris, when the same line-up appeared there on 21 November 1954 as Mezz Mezzrow and his Orchestra (see Claude Bolling & Jean-Pierre Daubresse, Bolling Story, 2008, p. 273).

"If ever there was a real-life version of Norman Mailer's 'White Negro', it has to be Mezzrow, who turned his back on a well-off white Jewish background to pass as black. Mezz's skills as a clarinetist were limited; his skills as a fixer and self-mythologizer were beyond question. The ghosted autobiography, Really the Blues, can't be trusted, but it remains a great read" (Cook & Morton, The Penguin Guide to Jazz recordings). Mezzrow was renowned as a supplier of marijuana, and "Mezz" became, briefly, a slang term for the substance.

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Description

Octavo. Original vivid yellow light card wrappers printed in black and white. With the dust jacket (titles in reverse white, yellow and blue on black).

Condition

Jacket just a little rubbed, text-block browned, neat contemporary ownership signature in blue ink to front free endpaper (dated "5.12.1951"), overall a very good copy.

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