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Spirit Seeker: John Coltrane's Musical Journey
Spirit Seeker: John Coltrane's Musical Journey - book cover
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Title: Spirit Seeker: John Coltrane's Musical Journey
Author: Gary Golio
Illustrator: Rudy Gutierrez
Recommended for: 9 to 14

Story: From a happy early childhood to the tragic death of his grandfather and father to early success as a jazz musician to alcohol and drug abuse to a spiritual awakening, John Coltrane's life was a mixture of great joy and great sorrow. Throughout it all, religion and music were key to John Coltrane's life. Gary Golio's biography provides an unflinching look at John Coltrane's addiction while also emphasizing his talent and the beliefs that ultimately enabled him to remain sober. An Afterword and Author's Note: Music, Musicians and Drug Use provide additional information.

What makes Spirit Seeker: John Coltrane's Musical Journey work is the amazing artwork by Rudy Gutierrez. It swings, it sways, it howls, it grieves, it celebrates and it reflects all that John Coltrane went through as a person and as an musician. Gutierrez's acrylic paintings are full of symbolism and life.

Publisher: Clarion Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 9780547239941
Cost: Compare prices.

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