But Beautiful: A Book about Jazz

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Picador USA
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6.14 X 8.3 X 0.65 inches | 0.46 pounds
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About the Author

Geoff Dyer is the author of Out of Sheer Rage: Wrestling with D.H. Lawrence, and Ways of Telling, a critical study of John Berger; The Missing of the Somme, about World War I; and the novels Paris Trance, The Color of Memory, and The Search.


"Achingly gorgeous...evokes the lives of working musicians so that you taste the whiskey, smell the stubbed cigarettes, hear the gentle clicking of the valves, the coughs, and shuffling feet between studio takes." --Jonathan Lethem, Entertainment Weekly

"The only book about jazz that I have recommended to my friends. It is a little gem." --Keith Jarrett

"A masterful effort, which comes as close to the music's essence as prose can go." --Ted Gioia, San Francisco Chronicle

"Dyer turns jazz into poetry and his subjects into a beautiful sad music....Few will be unmoved by his passion and eloquence and the harrowing portraits of jazz's haunted geniuses." --Tom Graves, The Washington Post Book World

"A gorgeous and lyrical collection of nocturnal jazz reveries." --The New Yorker

"But Beautiful is just that, a moving and highly original tribute to Black American music." --Bryan Ferry

"An ingenious and brilliantly written book." --Richard Bernstein, The New York Times

"Startlingly vivid...a brilliant work...the written equivalent of a jazz performance...[Dyer] has created an unforgettable melody of his own." --Matt Schudel, The Atlanta Journal Constitution