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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.

Availability: In stock

Published: Paris Éditions Corrêa, 1951

Stock Code: 123411

£650
signed
OR On display in 100 Fulham Road

Notes

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 wraps 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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