New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1971. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's silver cloth over black cloth, spine stamped in black, upper board stamped in silver, top edge stained gray, silver and white printed endpapers, original photo-illustrated dust jacket.
"Mingus's legendary sexual exploits and excesses exuberantly recounted, Mingus's torments of guilt and self-hatred openly acknowledged, Mingus's humor given full play, Mingus's insistent search for self and for peace of soul take him from shabby roadhouses to the homes of the super-rich, to voluntary commitment to the psychiatric ward at Bellevue, to experiments with mysticism and solitude, and, always, back again to his music" (from the dust jacket). Stated first edition. Small dent to front free endpaper, else fine in unclipped dust jacket. Item #1021