Life, On the Fence

Life, On the Fence

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An Autobiography - Glimpses into the life of this well-known and popular jazz musician.

Sparkling with stories of familiar names from the world of jazz - Quincy Jones, Stan Kenton, Thad Jones, Mel Lewis, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie - jazz musician 'Doc' Holladay's book challenges some of the preconceived ideas about jazz and explains why he as a white man finds himself at home within the African-American community.



Author: Marvin ‘Doc’ Holladay.

Format: Softcover book, 259 pages, 14 x 22 cm.

Publisher: George Ronald Publisher, 2000.


Ethnomusicologist Marvin 'Doc' Holladay is a living legend in the world of jazz and Life, On the Fence is his urgently compelling life chronicle of the art form's continued evolution, race relations, humanitarianism and social justice from the period of the world's greatest war through today. His powerfully untold history of interpersonal and institutional relationships that includes such jazz world luminaries as Park 'Pepper' Adams, Julian 'Cannonball' Adderley, Nathaniel 'Nat' Adderley, Quincy Jones, John Birks 'Dizzy' Gillespie completes the picture of 'American Classical Music' that the world - until now - has been waiting for! ~ Alvin Holman, Jazzways Entertainment, Inc.

In a most familiar, readable, authentic voice, Doc has narrated the highlights of a life that is filled with wit, pathos, struggle, humility and devotion. Though having spent his life in close collaboration with some most influential and famed musicians that America has produced (himself not the least of these), Doc hardly presents himself as a celebrity, though he has every right to claim such status. Instead, his autobiography, like Doc himself, is honest, endearing and always interesting. ~ John S. Hatcher, English Department, University of South Florida.

"The story of Doc Holladay is both typical of the American jazzman's life, and unique unto itself. It tells of a musician dedicated beyond mere commitment, soulful as few others, and talented beyond compare. In his relative general public obscurity, yet renowned within musician's circles, Marvin 'Doc' Holladay has attained a lofty plateau of artistic expressionism which is quite evident upon hearing him play. But it is his even higher achievement as a human being that is perfectly documented in the pages of his autobiography. It is a must read for every jazz fan, and social scientists alike." ~ Michael G. Nastos WEMU-FM All Music Guide Cadence Magazine.