Beneath the Underdog

Beneath the Underdog

From the publisher...

His World as Composed by Mingus

A wild, lyrical, and anguished autobiography, in which Charles Mingus pays short shrift to the facts but plunges to the very bottom of his psyche, coming up for air only when it pleases him.

He takes the reader through his childhood in Watts, his musical education by the likes of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Charlie Parker, and his prodigious appetites — intellectual, culinary, and sexual. The book is a jumble, but a glorious one, by a certified American genius.