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Description - Dance of the Infidels by Francis Paudras

What Charlie Parker was to the saxophone, Bud Powell (19241966) was to the piano: No jazz pianist can rival his brilliance. But his life was filled with tragedy, including years of electroshock therapy in psychiatric institutions, illnesses, physical and mental abuse from people who fed him dangerous drugs to control him, and the indifference of his contemporaries to his genius. Francis Paudras, a young jazz fan who met Powell in the late 1950s, released him from his unfavorable surroundings, encouraged him to create some of his finest music, and took care of him as if he were his child. Powells story, Dance of the Infidels, is one of the most moving of jazz memoirsand served as the basis for Bertrand Taverniers film Round Midnight, starring Dexter Gordon. Here, for the first time in English, is a portrait of a friendship as surprising and heartbreaking as Bud Powells timeless music.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780306808166
ISBN-10: 0306808161
Format: Paperback
Pages: 368
Imprint: Da Capo Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 1-Mar-1998
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Francis Paudras

Francis Paudras's books include a biography of Charlie Parker and a book of jazz photographs. He took his own life in November 1997, in Antigny, France.