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9781594514241

Upbeat: Nine Lives of a Musical Cat

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  • ISBN13:

    9781594514241

  • ISBN10:

    1594514240

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-10-30
  • Publisher: Routledge

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David Amram'”composer, jazz artist, conductor, and world music pioneer'”has been described by the Boston Globe as 'œthe Renaissance man of American music.' From early collaborations with Kerouac and Sinatra, chosen by Leonard Bernstein as the New York Philharmonic's first composer in residence, Amram's artistry has taken him from concerts with Willie Nelson to jamming with the Massai tribes of Kenya. In Upbeat: Nine Lives of a Musical Cat, Amram recounts his extraordinary adventures in the many worlds of music he calls home, all told in a rollicking anecdotal style that makes you feel that you are at home around the world. He writes, 'œEverywhere I have been in the world, music transcends politics. As musicians, we were able to go beyond all that and just be fellow human beings.' Threading through Amram's tale of music, hard work, respect, and friendship are unforgettable stories of fellow great artists'”Dizzy Gillespie, Hunter S. Thompson, Janet Gaynor, George Plimpton, Lyle Lovett, Zoe Caldwell, Willie Nelson, and many more. Read the Miami Heraldarticle on Amram's performance at Tobacco Road: http://www.miamiherald.com Read the Boston Globereview at http://www.boston.com Read the St. Petersburg Timesreview at http://www.sptimes.com .

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction: At Home Around the World
Merrymaking and Mayhem in the Mountains: Hunter S. Thompson's Final Blastoffp. 5
Kenya, Africa: The Mother of Us Allp. 41
Natural Ambassadorsp. 83
Photo Section following page 98
Kokopelli: Walking the Native American Trail of Beautyp. 99
Bouquets and Bombs on Broadway: Agony and Ecstasy on the Great White Wayp. 133
The Dutch Treat: The Genesis of Offbeat: Collaborating with Kerouacp. 163
Words and Music: Scat and Make-up Songs, the Art of One-Time-Only Rap Reportingp. 177
Postcards from the Road, 2002-2007p. 227
Fond Farewells: Honoring Six Old Friendsp. 291
Indexp. 309
About the Authorp. 322
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