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But Beautiful

(1991)
A Book About Jazz
A non fiction book by

 
 
In eight poetically charged vignettes, Geoff Dyer skillfully evokes the music and the men who shaped modern jazz. Drawing on photos, anecdotes, and, most important, the way he hears the music, Dyer imaginatively reconstructs scenes from the embattled lives of some of the greats: Lester Young fading away in a hotel room; Charles Mingus storming down the streets of New York on a too-small bicycle; Thelonius Monk creating his own private language on the piano. However, music is the driving force of But Beautiful, and Dyer brings it to life in luminescent and wildly metaphoric prose that mirrors the quirks, eccentricity, and brilliance of each musician's style.

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January 1996 : USA Hardback
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Title: But Beautiful: A Book about Jazz
Author(s): Geoff Dyer
ISBN: 0-86547-490-7 / 978-0-86547-490-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: North Point Press
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June 1991 : UK Hardback
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Title: But Beautiful: A Book About Jazz
Author(s): Geoff Dyer
ISBN: 0-224-03096-5 / 978-0-224-03096-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd
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Paperback Editions

June 2012 : Perfect Paperback

Title: But Beautiful
Author(s): Geoff Dyer
ISBN: 8789000641 / 978-8789000640
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd.
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May 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: But Beautiful: A Book About Jazz
Author(s): Geoff Dyer
ISBN: 0-85786-402-5 / 978-0-85786-402-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Canongate Books
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November 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: But Beautiful: A Book About Jazz
Author(s): Geoff Dyer
ISBN: 0-312-42947-9 / 978-0-312-42947-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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May 1998 : UK Paperback
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Title: But Beautiful: A Book About Jazz
Author(s): Geoff Dyer
ISBN: 0-349-11005-0 / 978-0-349-11005-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Abacus
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June 1997 : USA Paperback
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Title: But Beautiful: A Book About Jazz
Author(s): Geoff Dyer
ISBN: 0-86547-508-3 / 978-0-86547-508-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: North Point Press
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August 1992 : UK Paperback
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Title: But Beautiful: A Book About Jazz
Author(s): Geoff Dyer
ISBN: 0-09-977780-0 / 978-0-09-977780-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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June 2014 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: But Beautiful: A Book About Jazz
Author(s): Geoff Dyer
Publisher: North Point Press
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May 2012 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: But Beautiful
Author(s): Geoff Dyer
Publisher: Canongate Books
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