New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1971. First Edition. SIGNED by Charles Mingus on the dedication page. One of the most uncommon signatures in jazz history, this being only the second example we have ever encountered.
A highly unorthodox, stream-of-consciousness autobiography, on which Mingus reportedly worked for over twenty years. Told in the form of a novel, portions of which are purportedly fictitious, the story rambles through Mingus' famous sexual exploits and excesses with the same abandon found in the wealth of great music he left behind. The story goes from Mingus' childhood in Watts to his life on the road with Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and others. He recounts with great articulation and typical elan the seedy characters from the underbelly of the west coast.
Rubber-stamped "H" very faintly stamped on the front endpaper, owner name neatly inked on the second blank with a contemporary date (November 1973), else Fine in a Fine dust jacket.