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by Val Wilmer

ePub Mama Said There'd Be Days Like This: My Life in the Jazz World download
Author:
Val Wilmer
ISBN13:
978-0704350403
ISBN:
0704350408
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Publisher:
Womens Pr Ltd; 1st edition (February 1, 1991)
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Subcategory:
Music
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1834 kb
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1479 kb
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Rating:
4.2
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911

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Mama Said There'd Be Days Like This-My Lifein the Jazz World. This is not one ofthose. At the outset of her book, music journalist and photographer Val Wilmer states the terms on which she offers us the story of her life in jazz: 'People often write autobiogra-phies as if they had no mother, no children, as if sexual love had passed them by. The book then proceeds in an un-ashamedly anecdotal way; it would be perverse to read it in hope of theory, and worse to judge it thereby. The refreshingly unembellished detail of South London in the fifties provides us with an idea ofthe physi-cal, social and musical environment of her growth.

The 13-digit and 10-digit formats both work. The last chapter sort of fizzles out with her rambling -on and almost random thoughts & muses about her current situation and feelings.

Mama Said There'd Be Days Like This: My Life in the Jazz World. London: Women's Press, 1989. Jazz Forum, 4 March 1990: pp. 4–5.

Anyone with practical experience in the jazz, rock or folk music worlds will .

Mama said there’d be days like these: My Life in the Jazz World by Val Wilmer Women’s Press, 336 pp, £1. 5, September 1989, ISBN 0 8. Lenya: A Life by Donald Spoto Viking, 371 pp, £1. 5, September 1989, ISBN 0 670 81211 . Anyone with practical experience in the jazz, rock or folk music worlds will know that bands are, first and foremost, bindings together of personalities, undertaken in the hope of producing something greater than the mere sum of the individuals. The bandstand may briefly seem, as Heckstall-Smith describes it, to be ‘The Safest Place in the World’, but by the end of this book it begins to feel like a Hieronymus Bosch hell.

Wilmer, Val (1989) Mama Said There'd Be Days Like This: My Life in the Jazz World, . 10, Women's Press. Barfe, Louis (2008) Turned Out Nice Again: The Story of British Light Entertainment, p. 176, Atlantic Books

Wilmer, Val (1989) Mama Said There'd Be Days Like This: My Life in the Jazz World, . 176, Atlantic Books. query aldred;hitNum 1.

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  • I don't know why, but the price of this book seems to be high. Wherever I looked, - some sellers were asking up to £400 for it! I ended up paying £20+ for my copy which is a quite old paperback with marks & fading etc. (Inside it had a pencilled-in hand written price of just a few P , so I assume it had been in a junk shop or charity shop at some stage). You'd think it was a very rare sought-after book the way the dealers seem to set their asking prices - I was keen to read it so forked out the cash but really, (my copy leastways) it's not that special and should be under a fiver even in good condition. As to the content.. well, I found it hard-going - often page after page of musician's names and their associated bands linked by just a little commentary as to where/when she met these people. Some chapters were good; mostly her early career life and accounts of her travels in the Southern States of USA. To me it didn't flow easily.. I found myself having to re-read paragraphs & sections to "keep up" with what she was reeling-off. The last chapter sort of fizzles out with her rambling -on and almost random thoughts & muses about her current situation and feelings. Someone more into reading about various historical eras & politics might like this book, but as a musician I didn't. Despite her swinging from reporter to photographer and back through her life, she fails to mention anything about her equipment (cameras) except for a single reference to her Rollieflex early-on; I would have liked to know what "gear" she used as time went by and her preferences for the camera she used most, for instance, even if it was simply a mention of changing from medium format to 35mm (as many snappers did at that time), if indeed she did. Disappointing.

  • One of the Best Books I've ever Read on a Jazz Critic's Life. I hope that she writes another one. The Women's Politics went on a little too long, although I realize at the time that Women's Sexual Liberation and Consciousness Raising was New. Now we just take it for granted, Sexual Identity for so many People is so Fluid. Her Relationships with Jazz Music and Musicians are Priceless to read about. She was there at the right Time and Place!