Beneath the Underdog

  • Type: Books
  • By: Charles Mingus
  • Age Category: Adults
  • Genre: Biography & Memoir
  • Recommended by: Mac C.
  • ISBN/UPC: 9780679737612
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A stream of consciousness work that both reveals and conceals the character of the great Charles Mingus.

Charles Mingus details his gritty, unfiltered experiences growing up as an aspiring musician in Los Angeles California. This is both a memoir and a work of fiction. Whether or not certain events are true, what remains factual is the perspective readers get of this artist. What I enjoyed about this work is that it is less about music, and more about the mind of Mingus. Beneath the Underdog is a contradictory portrait of Mingus' psyche.