At a glance:
- Author: James Gavin
- First Published: 2002
- Type of Work: Biography
- Time of Work: 1929-1988
- Setting: The United States and Western Europe
- Characters: Chet Baker, Vera Baker, Charlaine Souder Baker, Halema Alli Baker, Carol Jackson Baker, Liliane Cukier, Diane Vavra, Ruth Young, Charlie Parker, Gerry Mulligan, Dick Twardzik
- Genres: Nonfiction, Biography
- Subjects: United States or Americans, Twentieth century, Music or musicians, Guilt, Substance abuse, Death or dying, Jazz music, Drug addiction or addicts, Drugs, Fame, Western Europe or western Europeans
- Locales: Europe, United States
Chet Baker was a legendary jazz trumpet player from the 1950’s through the 1980’s. His legend is paradoxical. He was a romantic artist, breathtakingly handsome, enigmatic, and mercurial. He was gifted with an intuitive knowledge of music and the ability to play his instrument in beautifully melodic and inventive ways that affected the emotions of his audiences. His beauty and charisma attracted almost everyone who knew him, including three wives, his children, many musicians, and a great many girlfriends. On the other hand, he was an ill-educated, unreliable, childish, and totally...
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