Young Man with a Horn
Young Man with a Horn
A Novel
Dorothy Baker

Afterword by Gary Giddins

Recommended by Layla, City Lights Books

Rick Martin loved music and the music loved him. He could pick up a tune so quickly that it didn't matter to the Cotton Club boss that he was underage, or to the guys in the band that he was just a white kid. He started out in the slums of LA with nothing, and he ended up on top of the game in the speakeasies and nightclubs of New York. But while talent and drive are all you need to make it in music, they aren’t enough to make it through a life.

Dorothy Baker’s Young Man with a Horn is widely regarded as the first jazz novel, and it pulses with the music that defined an era. Baker took her inspiration from the artistry—though not the life—of legendary horn player Bix Beiderbecke, and the novel went on to be adapted into a successful movie starring Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall, and Doris Day.

Title Young Man with a Horn
Subtitle A Novel
Author Dorothy Baker
Afterword by Gary Giddins
Publisher New York Review Books Classics
Title First Published 10 September 2012
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 192 p.
ISBN-10 1590175778
ISBN-13 9781590175774
Publication Date 10 September 2012
Main content page count 192
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $14.95

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