Ornette Coleman: The Territory and the Adventure

Maria Golia (Author)

Product Details

$22.50  $20.70
Reaktion Books
Publish Date
May 01, 2020
5.7 X 8.6 X 1.4 inches | 1.35 pounds

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About the Author

Maria Golia managed one of America's premier progressive music venues, the Caravan of Dreams Performing Arts Center, in Fort Worth, Ornette Coleman's hometown. She is the author of Cairo: City of Sand, Photography and Egypt, and Meteorite: Nature and Culture, all published by Reaktion Books.


"One of the finest books on the power of place and influence in a musician's life."--Julian Lucas "MOJO"
"A great new book. . . .. The book is much more than a conventional biography--you learn a lot about his childhood and artistic development, particularly the early years when he was wrestling with the blues and conventional R&B forms, and you learn about the whole Texas milieu he emerged from. But there's also a great deal of discussion of his music and life philosophy, including extensive quotes from people in his bands, so if you're at all a fan of his work and want to gain some real perspective on it, it's pretty much a must-read. Highly recommended."--Pat Metheny, musician, composer, educator "Stereogum"
"It's always good to learn more about one of America's greatest musicians, and Golia's work has much that is new, especially (at last) a proper overview of Ornette's experience in his hometown of Fort Worth, both in his youth and the 1980s. The Territory and the Adventure is the best book on Ornette Coleman yet."--Ethan Iverson, musician and music critic "Morning Star"
"Golia offers a wide-ranging biography of the great saxophonist, writing less about the man himself than about the people, places, and musical tendencies that converged to make him the 'patron saint of all things dissonant and defiant.' The approach suits Coleman, who was soft-spoken despite his stubborn nonconformity, and unaffected by the larger-than-life egotism of contemporaries such as Charles Mingus or Miles Davis."--Julian Lucas "Harper's"
"Following Ornette's departure from the planet, his presence in the world only seems to increase, and his music's influence will no doubt continue far into the future. The poetic conception of music, sound, and life in the broadest sense that Ornette embodied is addressed here through the terrific writing of Golia. This volume is an excellent addition to the ongoing study of one of the greatest improvising musicians of all time."--Pat Metheny, musician, composer, educator "Morning Star"
"There are lots of fascinating anecdotes, stories, and previously unpublished photographs in Golia's book. The author, who met Coleman in his hometown of Fort Worth, at the Caravan Of Dreams performing arts center, described the musician as 'unassuming and soft spoken.' She has compiled a detailed, interesting story of his career. Among the nuggets detailed are his appearance on Saturday Night Live in April 1979, how he got to know the writer William S. Burroughs, the story of his action-packed tour of Africa, how he became a noted painter, and the tales of his friendships with celebrities such as Yoko Ono and Patti Smith."--Julian Lucas "uDiscover Music"
"Golia's book describes the Ornette phenomenon with insight and eloquence. It's laden with musical and social insights."--Julian Lucas "Morning Star"
"The history of jazz is often told as a geographical adventure in which a great art enlightens and assimilates a chain of territories in the course of world conquest. Golia revitalizes that narrative in exploring the life and genius of Ornette Coleman. This is the most incisive portrait we have of him--a joyous addition to the literature of music."--Gary Giddins, music critic, author, and biographer "Morning Star"