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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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Hardback Editions

January 1996 : USA Hardback
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
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.
Availability: Amazon UK   

May 2012 : UK Paperback
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
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
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
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
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

August 1992 : UK Paperback
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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Kindle Editions

June 2014 : USA Kindle edition
Title: But Beautiful: A Book About Jazz
Author(s): Geoff Dyer
Publisher: North Point Press
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May 2012 : UK Kindle edition
Title: But Beautiful
Author(s): Geoff Dyer
Publisher: Canongate Books
Availability: Amazon UK   



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