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John Coltrane

Jazz Musician (23-Sep-1926 — 17-Jul-1967)


Rachel Stiffler Barron. John Coltrane: Jazz Revolutionary. Morgan Reynolds. 2001. 112pp.

Bill Cole. John Coltrane. Da Capo Press. 2001. 280pp.

Eric Nisenson. Ascension: John Coltrane and His Quest. Da Capo Press. 1995. 298pp.

Lewis Porter. John Coltrane: His Life and Music. University of Michigan Press. 1998. 409pp.

Ben Ratliff. Coltrane: The Story of a Sound. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 2007. 272pp.

J. C. Thomas. Chasin' the Trane: The Music and Mystique of John Coltrane. Da Capo Press. 1976. 252pp.

David Anthony Wild. The Recordings of John Coltrane: A Discography. Wildmusic. 1979. 90pp.

Carl Woideck. The John Coltrane Companion: Five Decades of Commentary. Schirmer Books. 2000. 300pp.


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  2. Encyclopaedia Britannica Online [link]

  3. Internet Movie Database [link]

  4. Wikipedia [link]

  5. 20th Century Culture: A Biographical Companion (p.154)

  6. Harvard Concise Dictionary of Music and Musicians (p.148)

  7. International Dictionary of 20th Century Biography (p.148)

  8. Chambers Biographical Dictionary, 5th Edition (p.333)

  9. Webster's American Biographies (p.215)

  10. Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography (p.146)

  11. Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, 8th Edition (p.191)

  12. 100 Greatest African Americans: A Biographical Encyclopedia (pp.87-91)

  13. Hutchinson Paperback Dictionary of Biography (p.119)

  14. St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture (vol.1, pp.557-59)

  15. Legends in Their Own Time (p.52)

  16. The World Almanac Biographical Dictionary (p.344)

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