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Gary Giddins: Celebrating Bird/Stanley Crouch: Kansas City Lightning/Chuck Haddix: Bird

Ian Penman, London Review of Books, 23 January 2014

"There was a lot of racial tension around bebop. Black men were going with fine, rich white bitches. They were all over these niggers out in public and the niggers were clean as a motherfucker and talking all kind of hip shit."

"Trane liked to ask all these motherfucking questions back then about what he should or shouldn't play. Man, fuck that shit –"

"Bird had this white bitch in the back of the taxi with us. He'd done already shot up a lot of heroin and now –"

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