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Coltrane on Coltrane
Coltrane on Coltrane

Coltrane on Coltrane

The John Coltrane Interviews

Edited by Chris DeVito

Musicians in Their Own Words


416 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $18.95 (CA $20.95) (US $18.95)

Publication Date: April 2012

ISBN 9781556520044

Rights: WOR X UK, AU, NZ & IE

Chicago Review Press (Apr 2012)

Price: $18.95


The life and music of a jazz great—in his own words

John Coltrane grew up “under the spell,” as he put it, of Charlie Parker. But he needed to create a new sound, a music that had nothing to do with anyone except himself. The path he chose was difficult and risky. Nevertheless, he persisted. His work now stands with the greatest music of all time, and continues to inspire devotion, adoration, and joy nearly 50 years after his death. Coltrane was also one of the few musicians whose life, thoughts, and words are as inspiring as his music. This book collects, for the first time, those words. Coltrane was a gracious interviewee. His responses were thoughtful and measured; he rarely said anything negative about others (though he could be highly self-critical). Interviewers noted how different Coltrane seemed from his music--this quiet man whose music was so volcanic. Coltrane on Coltrane includes every known Coltrane interview, many in new transcriptions, and several previously unpublished; articles, reminiscences, and liner notes that rely on interviews; and some of Coltrane’s personal writings and correspondence. John Coltrane never wrote an autobiography. This book is as close to one as possible.


“Coltrane on Coltrane is a winning idea made accessibly real, revealing the gentle, thoughtful, deeply modest man behind the jazz genius and tenor titan.” —Ashley Kahn, author of A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane’s Signature Album

“This is not just another volume about this creative genius. All of Coltrane’s published interviews are here, but DeVito reveals his own creativity by transcribing audio interviews and locating letters, newspaper articles, and other rarities to complete this picture of the man. The result is an essential item for your bookshelf.” —Lewis Porter, jazz pianist, educator, and author of John Coltrane: His Life and Music

"This eye-opening book . . . offers one of the most complete pictures of [Coltrane's] jazz-defining body of recordings and all too short life." —ArtVoice

Author Biography

Chris DeVito, a freelance writer and copy editor, is the lead author of The John Coltrane Reference, named the BBC’s jazz book of the year in 2008.