Sunday, November 16, 2003

Music criticism. "The people really liked us -- I know, because one customer turned the jukebox on while we were playing, and somebody else threw him down the stairs." -- Billy May, in David Hadju's Lush Life, on an early Pittsburgh gig of Billy Strayhorn's.
[Lush Life, by David Hadju (Granta, 1997). In the next chapter Duke Ellington descends and sweeps Strayhorn off to affluence, and from then on every quote contains either 'darling' or 'wonderful'. But the book doesn't slacken.]

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