Stanley Crouch on Charlie Parker in New York Times

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From a September 19 New York Times podcast, Stanley Crouch discusses his new book about Charlie Parker’s early life and social world.

Since the early ’80s, the writer Stanley Crouch has been working on a biography of the jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker; in jazz circles through the last generation, the book has become almost mythic.

Suddenly it’s real: “Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker” (the first part of a projected two-volume project), describing Parker’s life and social world to the age of 20, will be published next week by HarperCollins.

Mr. Crouch spoke with the host Ben Ratliff about the uncanny and wide-ranging abilities of his subject, the after-hours underworld of prewar Kansas City, the sixth sense of street research, and how a single book can take 32 years to write.

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—PeterBlasevick