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Author:
Cuthbert Simpkins
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978-0915542833
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0915542838
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Ida Mae Publishing Company; Third Printing edition (June 2001)
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Coltrane: A Biography captures the feeling and facts of Coltrane's life and music. Coltrane: A Biography employs an experimental writing style that for many readers exemplifies Coltrane's music.

Coltrane: A Biography captures the feeling and facts of Coltrane's life and music. It places Coltrane's creative efforts wthin the tumultuous socio-economic and cultural context that spanned his lifetime.

Cuthbert Ormond Simpkins, Jr. (born August 20, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois), is a physician, biographer and inventor, best known for his work on shock and violence prevention and for his 1975 biography of the jazz musician John Coltrane

Cuthbert Ormond Simpkins, Jr. (born August 20, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois), is a physician, biographer and inventor, best known for his work on shock and violence prevention and for his 1975 biography of the jazz musician John Coltrane. He was born in 1847, according to his birth certificate.

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Cuthbert Ormond Simpkins. Cuthbert Ormond Simpkins, II (born August 20, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois), is a physician, biographer and inventor, best known for his work on shock and violence prevention and for his 1975 biography of the jazz musician John Coltrane.

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Author and medical doctor Cuthbert O. Simpkins (b. 1947) wrote the first biography of jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane (1926-1967), titled Coltrane: A Biography (Perth Amboy, NJ: Herndon House Publishers. 1947) wrote the first biography of jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane (1926-1967), titled Coltrane: A Biography (Perth Amboy, NJ: Herndon House Publishers, 1975). The collection contains. Author and medical doctor Cuthbert O.

Cuthbert Ormond Simpkins, American Surgeon, educator, writer.

The book, Coltrane: A Biography was published in 1975. Another biography of Coltrane, Chasin’ the Trane by . Thomas was published in the same year. It is not clear which book was published first.

Cuthbert O. Simpkins. Coltrane, a Biography. Cuthbert O. Simpkins, Viktoriya Ekshyyan, Brad Snyder. The Journal of trauma.

Cuthbert Simpkins MD. Author: Coltrane: A Biography.

During his lifetime John Coltrane, through music, moved many people to more meaningful lives. Coltrane: A Biography captures the feeling and facts of Coltrane's life and music. It places Coltrane's creative efforts wthin the tumultuous socio-economic and cultural context that spanned his lifetime. Coltrane: A Biography employs an experimental writing style that for many readers exemplifies Coltrane's music. Commenting on this style, a reviewer for Cadence Magazine wrote, "Parts of the book move along, gathering momentum, exploding much in the manner of a Coltrane solo." Further commentary on the writing of Coltrane: A Biography was made by Baltimore poet Barbara DeCesare in an interview given to the Anti - Man Press, "There's a biography of John Coltrane written by C.O. Simpkins, where the narrative is very poetic. It almost seems to emulate Coltrane's music in it's rhythm, tone and phrasing. He takes a lot of liberty with standard narrative form, and I think what makes the book so satisfying is those elements of poetry present in the storytelling.”

In many instances within the book direct recorded quotes from interviewees are woven into the narrative because the goal is to enable the reader to know Coltrane on both an intellectual and emotional level. Coltrane: A Biography is written in a variety of styles in order to uncompromisingly transmit the complex creative force of the man and his time.

Several writers have noted the link between Coltrane's music and the time in which he lived such as reviewer, David Feld of the Berkley Barb who wrote, "Simpkins never demeans his subject by simplifying or pigeon-holing Coltrane’s work, Rather, he lets the facts and compositions speak for themselves; through the medium of his writing, he allows us to get close to Trane. Because Simpkins respects as well as loves Coltrane, he insists on our seeing the man as he was.

This respect manifests itself in a number of ways. Most importantly, it has enabled Simpkins to portray Coltrane as a figure in history. “His story begins with his ancestors,” the author says, and this view pervades the book. We are always made to see the political and cultural context in which Trane lived. Blues, religion, black power, Africa---all of these elements of Coltrane’s life and Simpkins’ biography.

In reading it one not only learns about Trane, but senses what it was like to hear him, to be alive with him."

  • Had to stop reading. Full of wonderful details of Coltrane's life and art. But so poorly written that I simply could not continue.

  • May I take this opportunity to assure every reader of this fine biography of John Coltrane that it is hundred percent true what the author researched and compiled to write about this great musician. How do I know? Because this wonderful author took me (his little 12 year old wide-eyed sister who knew nothing about jazz at that time) to meet the very people John Coltrane performed with, grew up with and I had the honour of meeting Coltrane's beautiful 1st wife, Naima. Just to make clear to the comment made by the reader from Rye, there is no "utter nonsense" nor did the author use his "imagination" to write about Coltrane. He went on sabbatical to travel all around the US, spending all his savings whilst meeting the very people who knew Coltrane since his childhood. He published the book on his own, Herndon Publishing after a New York publisher ran off with his payment and was no where to be found. He believed in what he was doing and took the risk whilst others felt he was wasting money and time. I recall even Duke Ellington told my brother, "You should be writing about me!" My brother was so dedicated and committed to portray Coltrane's life not solely on his musical gift to us but also his human spirit in his growing years,which is often overlooked in other biographies. This book is priceless and its author deeply admired by many readers and critics. I thank him so much for taking me with him to meet other people who knew Coltrane - an experience I shall always treasure. I hope all you readers will appreciate with every turn of the page, you are reading every truth and heartfelt emotion from people who knew Coltrane long before the world knew him.

  • This is a book for those of us who find something majestic in John Coltrane's music. Simpkins does well in carrying the reader through Coltrane's life, starting with his childhood, and finishing with his death. Even though the author seems to show great excitement in telling us Coltrane's story, he fails to fully backup his research, reciting quotations from Coltrane's childhood which for all we know, could be utter nonsense and simply the author's imagination taking over to make the story more interesting. Additionally, the author, in this humble critics opinion, might have done better by perhaps discussing Coltrane's relationships with both Miles Davis and heroin, rather than attempting to verbally describe his music in many sections of the book, a feat that even Shakespeare would be unable to perform. Nevertheless, it is a book which most Coltrane enthusiasts should pick up at one point or another to fully appreciate the roots of Coltrane's music!!!! -Bravo, Mr. Simpkins

  • While it may not be as comprehensive as Lewis Porter's definitive biography, Simpkins takes a more romantic approach and such it doesn't read as dry as Porter's. John Coltrane is my favorite musician and for me Simpkins' book is an essential read.

  • Simpkins' "Coltrane" is an insightful narrative of the life of the jazz giant. Mr. Simpkins convincingly informs us and clearly captures the unique spirit of this music and time; Eloquently portrays the dignity and character of the man. A wonderful effort at defining the mystique surrounding John Coltrane.