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by Jaco Pastorius,Bill Milkowski

Download Jaco: The Extraordinary and Tragic Life of Jaco Pastorius - Anniversary Edition eBook
ISBN:
0879308591
Author:
Jaco Pastorius,Bill Milkowski
Category:
Music
Language:
English
Publisher:
Backbeat Books; Anniversary edition edition (November 1, 2005)
Pages:
368 pages
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1537 kb
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1847 kb
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1815 kb
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Rating:
4.4
Votes:
208


Jaco Pastorius, the man who revolutionized how the bass guitar is played and who is, for many . His younger brother Rory recalls an exchange with Jaco, who was nearing his 18th birthday, detailed in Bill Milkowski’s book, Jaco: The Extraordinary and Tragic Life of Jaco Pastorius.

Jaco Pastorius, the man who revolutionized how the bass guitar is played and who is, for many, the best and most influential bass guitarist ever, didn’t start his musical life on the instrument. Instead, the man who would be the master of the fretless electric bass was a drummer. A drummer, just like his dad, Jack Pastorius, a big band player and singer. He looked me in the eye and said, real seriously, ‘Rory, man, I’m the best bass player on earth. I looked back at him and said, ‘I know.

Wonderful book and tragic and the same time. He and I were talking, mostly about music

Wonderful book and tragic and the same time. If you wanted to know what happened to Jaco then you should read this book. It sheds light on things you didn't know and gives you info on how Jaco's mental illness cost him his life. A sobering read on how mental illness was perceived in the 70's and 80's. Great book about the life of a great bass player. One night Jaco and I were hanging out in the Village. He and I were talking, mostly about music. But in the midst of the conversation, he told me "You know, I tell people that I like to party and take chances; but the truth is I wish I could give up drinking and drugs.

Jaco Pastorius was a genius and a phenomenon. Milkowski deftly separates the legend from the man, keeping the music at the forefront, while presenting hard evidence that our current protocols for approaching mental illness are tragically inadequate. If Jaco couldn't be helped, is there hope for the rest of us? The reader finishes this book with greater insight and appreciation for Jaco Pastorius' innovation and body of work as well as a profound respect for the men and women who dedicate their lives to their craft

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Jaco Pastorius was an electric bass legend with the equally legendary fusion jazz . Well written book about the life of Jaco - tragic story really, genius carries its own burden.

Jaco Pastorius was an electric bass legend with the equally legendary fusion jazz group Weather Report and died in a senseless beating death outside of a bar. That's pretty much what the average jazzhead may know of Jaco, but this book takes a great look at his musicianship, composition style, great spirit, wild times, and unfortunate mental degeneration.

John Francis Anthony "Jaco" Pastorius III (/ˈdʒɑːkoʊ pæˈstɔːriəs/, December 1, 1951 – September 21, 1987) was an American jazz bassist who was a member of Weather Report from 1976 to 1981

John Francis Anthony "Jaco" Pastorius III (/ˈdʒɑːkoʊ pæˈstɔːriəs/, December 1, 1951 – September 21, 1987) was an American jazz bassist who was a member of Weather Report from 1976 to 1981. He worked with Pat Metheny and Joni Mitchell, and recorded albums as a solo artist and band leader. His bass playing employed funk, lyrical solos, bass chords, and innovative harmonics

Although hyperbole associated with the subject's gift is generally given free reign here, the fact of Jaco's contribution can't be refuted

Milkowski carefully stiches together documentary fact and oral history (Jaco's twangy voice, plus lots more, can be heard on the companion CD), telling a story of accomplishment and loss. Although hyperbole associated with the subject's gift is generally given free reign here, the fact of Jaco's contribution can't be refuted. We learn that Pastorius started as a drummer (thus the striking rhythmic solidity of his work), played piano and guitar and was a devoted student of harmony.

Jaco's First Home Recording Playing the Bass.

Written by. Bill Milkowski. A fitting tribute to the troubled genius who revolutionized electric bass playing and bridged the gaps between jazz, R&B, rock and funk.

(Book). A fitting tribute to the troubled genius who revolutionized electric bass playing and bridged the gaps between jazz, R&B, rock and funk. From his early days in R&B club bands through his international stardom with fusion group Weather Report and on to his solo career and tragic death at age 35, this book portrays the life and music of Jaco Pastorius, the self-proclaimed "world's greatest bass player." This special anniversary edition features new interviews with Jaco's childhood friends, prominent bass players of Jaco's era and afterward, and girlfriend Teresa Nagell, who was with Jaco in the last few years of his life. Some incidents from the first edition have been further researched and expanded to become full chapters. Exclusive to this edition, the online audio features newly revealed music tracks from Jaco's early years along with spoken testimonials from Jaco's friends and colleagues. The book also contains new, never-before-seen photos acquired from the Pastorius estate.
  • Cktiell
It would be mean to criticize the author for this flaw. Fans of a certain sort will appreciate his meticulous commitment to listing the names of all the musicians at each gig or on each performance and lots of descriptions of the way Jaco played. For me, it was too much of the wrong information. I wanted to know more about Jaco's bloodline, his relationships with his children, his thoughts/philosophies about creativity and art and music and his instrument. The book was good as far as it went. The enclosed CD was worth the price of the book: to hear the emotional voices of people mentioned in the book talking about Jaco,
  • Mbon
Definitely a 4-star book presenting the chronology of the career and life of one of the most important musicians, composers, and band leaders of our time. Jaco Pastorius was a genius and a phenomenon. Milkowski deftly separates the legend from the man, keeping the music at the forefront, while presenting hard evidence that our current protocols for approaching mental illness are tragically inadequate. If Jaco couldn't be helped, is there hope for the rest of us? The reader finishes this book with greater insight and appreciation for Jaco Pastorius' innovation and body of work as well as a profound respect for the men and women who dedicate their lives to their craft. Who loves ya, Jaco!
Three stars because my Kindle edition was chock full of typos and missing pictures.
  • Ance
Good book only for subject. It's not very well written and someone did a terrible job of editing...half the time you can't tell who the author is talking about; all kinds of typos and punctuation misplacements. Overall, it tells a good story, whether it's accurate to a T or not...it's still good; if you can get past the author's writing style. He goes way too far into trying to describe musical passages and styles...like maybe someone who writes for a music magazine, rather than a musician who really understands. But then, most musicians I know can't write so I think he did an ok job. Worth reading if you can get through it
  • Saberblade
This book is a well-written, excellent inside look at a very talented and tragic genius. Oh Jaco, how you suffered for your sanity. If you are a Jacophile like me, you will enjoy reading about his life. He would be 65 now if he had not been murdered. Just imagine what he could have done musically! Warning: have some tissues handy when you sit down with this book. RIP Jaco.
  • Whitegrove
Bill did a really great job with this book. I was impressed with the CD which doesn't contain much music but contains the actual quotes that Bill was putting in the manuscript. It seemed a very interesting way to do things. The only criticism I'd have is that "The World's Greatest Bassist" was kind of run into the ground. My opinion with music is that you can't really compare jazz musicians in that respect. They have different goals and objectives, how can you really say one is better than the other when they are trying to accomplish different things. I love Jaco for style though, he really had taste. I think many, such as myself like to incorporate his style into their playing, not necessarily playing his songs note for note but just going for that overall feel he could convey so well. The story is quite tragic, it does show what drugs and alcohol can do along with the mental illness.
  • Isha
Normally, When I read an autobiography or biography, the most important aspect for me is if it is truthful. In this case, I have to say BM did a good job. He interviewed relatives, ex-wifes, fellow musicians and others to have the most objective view of Jaco Pastorious' life. Obviously, I am sure not everything is in the book. The story is basically divided in three main sections: the early years, the raise of a genius, and the finale. The book is really easy to read, and I basically read it in a few days. It lays out how Jaco got to be "The Best Electric Bass Player of the World." What were his sources and mentors to end up being a genius. One word of warning for Pastorious' fans is to let them aware of the pain they will suffer as they get to the last section of the book where Jaco's death is calling his door at any moment. The last pages are terrorific as BM gives all the details of Jaco's beating resulting in his death, and the family making the ultimate decision of his life. More frustating is to know about the outcome of the murderer. In addition to Jaco's life, the book includes his discography, fellow musicians reflecting on Jacos' life and a bonus CD. As always, there is a common theme throughout the book: I wish I would have done more for him, but I did not know how to help him. A must for Jaco's fans or any music fan.
  • Datrim
Though the book is great the typos are horrendous! If you can get past every other line having wrong punction, capitalization, and wrong spelling you might enjoy this book. Another awful thing with the kindle version is you don't get the audio portion. I thought there might be a link to download it but you get nothing. BUY THE REAL BOOK WITH THE CD!!!!!!!
Its actually an excellent book. I loved reading about Jaco and his exploits and magic and then tragic life and subsequent death. The book needs an editor. There are grammar and spelling errors throughout that can be annoying though sometimes comical. I didn't get the book for its comedic value. Perhaps the Editor was going through a rough phase of his own. I probably would have gone with 4 stars if it weren't for that. Know that a good chunk (maybe 15% of the pages at the end) are remembrances from musicians and others that knew him and discography etc.