[JPL] Good Jazz Bios

Jackson, Bobby Bobby.Jackson at ideastream.org
Fri Dec 14 15:41:55 EST 2007

Hi Steve,

I really enjoyed the Quincy Jones book which I read awhile back.  It was
an interesting cross reference concerning two other books I've read.
One is an audio book (5 CD's) about music mogul Walter Yetnikoff called,
"Howling At The Moon." Yetnikoff is a central figure in the rise of
Columbia Records and its merger with Sony during the 70's.  His
recollections of Michael Jackson are priceless.  The audio book is
actually read by Yetnikoff who at times becomes very emotional adding an
interesting dimension to the book.  Pop culture author David Ritz
co-produced the audio book. 

The other book is called "Hit Men" by Fredric Dannen.  Talk about
revealing the sordid underpinnings of the recording industry!  Yetnikoff
and his exploits take up much of the text in this one.  

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Trapped in the  house last night due to 9" snow storm, channel surfing
stumbled on an hour long interview show on Sundance Channel with Chuck D
talking to Quincy Jones.
I was captivated immediately by Q's incredible memory, honesty of
brilliance of idea and total love of jazz music. Lots of great stories
Basie, Hamp, Clark Terry, Seattle and Ray Charles, Nadia Boulanger,
to Europe, endless bus  gigs in addition to The Pawnbroker and other
soundtracks, Michael Jackson, etc.

I went into the other room and and dug out, "Q The Autobiography of
Jones" published by Doubleday in 21001.
If I reads anything like the man talks, it should be marvelous. I'll let
If you've read it, let us know

Steve Schwartz


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