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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 (US $18.95) (CA $20.95)

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

Spanning a body of work that stands with the greatest of the 20th century, this autobiographical perspective of John Coltrane reveals the quiet man behind the fiery music through interviews, liner notes, personal correspondence, and more. As complete a record as possible, this book includes every known Coltrane interview—many in new and more accurate transcriptions and several previously unpublished—as well as articles, reminiscences, liner notes, and personal correspondence with fans and journalists. A truly intimate portrait of a dedicated musician, this compilation of his wise words on improvisation, music, and life show why the man and his music continue to inspire devotion, adoration, and joy nearly 50 years after his death.


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 is a freelance writer, a copy editor, and the lead author of The John Coltrane Reference, which was named the BBC's jazz book of the year in 2008. He lives in Urbana, Illinois.