Spirit Seeker

John Coltrane's Musical Journey

Golio, Gary

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 5 stars out of 5.
Spirit Seeker
Told in moving prose and powerfully illustrated, this is the story of a shy, curious boy from a deeply religious family who grew up to find solace and inspiration in his own unique approach to both spirituality and music. Full color.

Publisher: Boston : Clarion Books, 2012
ISBN: 9780547239941
Branch Call Number: J B Coltrane G
Characteristics: 39 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm.
Additional Contributors: Gutierrez, Rudy Illustrator


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The highs and lows of a legendary jazz artist explored through dynamic, vivid art.

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Dec 23, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is the only real picture book bio of Coltrane worth considering, and a kind of living work of art as well. Melding great text with imagery that goes above and beyond the call of duty, this is one biography that truly does its subject justice. Complex in all the right ways.


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Dec 23, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

He led as perfect a childhood as any black kid in the late 1930s could hope for. A loving family, two grandfather preachers, a great musician for a dad, the works. But all that came before the deaths. First his grandfather, then his father, then his grandmother too. Things grew dark for John, but an opportunity to learn the saxophone for free arose. It became John’s new religion, even as the void inside him was filled by drugs and alcohol. He was brilliant at the instrument but was his own worst enemy when his addictions held sway. Golio tells the tale of how one young man bucked his fate and went on to become a leader in more ways than one. An Afterward, Author’s Note, Artist’s Note, and Sources and Resources appear at the end.


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