Formation Building a personal canon, part I

Brad Mehldau

Book - 2023

"As an innovative and constantly inventive jazz pianist, Brad Mehldau has attracted a sizable following over the years, one that has grown to expect a singular, intense experience from his performances. With Formation, Brad seeks to extend that experience to the page, by sharing some of the deeply personal elements of his life, and how these came together for him to become the musician and person that he is today. For the first time, he offers an in-depth look at how he came to understand his adoption, survive sexual abuse, and overcome heroin addiction"--

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Sheffield, South Yorkshire ; Bristol, CT : Equinox Publishing Ltd 2023.
Main Author
Brad Mehldau (author)
Physical Description
xvii, 293 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes discography (pages 279-280) and index.
  • List of Illustrations
  • Preface: Saying Goodbye to Your Story
  • I. Tom Sawyer
  • Seeing Cain the first time
  • Dream music
  • Lonely music
  • West Hartford
  • Ricky
  • Ms. Hurwitz
  • The mark
  • Prog
  • Hate
  • The dragon
  • The outsider artist
  • Longy
  • Dylan
  • Musical religion
  • Scripture
  • Teen jazz snobs
  • Cain goes to work
  • Working off gym class
  • Shape-shifting
  • II. New York
  • New tribe
  • The New School
  • Bebop Nazis
  • Coltrane killed jazz
  • The Goons
  • Wynton
  • Dragon music
  • You'll never be a good comper
  • Trivialization
  • Bebop lives
  • Pot paranoia
  • Hanging with Bill
  • The live sublime
  • Trio
  • Catch-22
  • III. Meta Blues
  • In which our hero discovers the lure of polemics and the folly of self-righteousness, and his resulting political awakening, through his acknowledgment of Led Zep's moral authority
  • Bad irony
  • Endgame
  • The nail in Adorno's coffin
  • The form of freedom
  • Good irony, finally
  • The hip-hop sublime
  • Consolidation
  • Park Slope and Carroll Gardens - meeting points
  • Americana
  • MoodSwing - the Joshua Redman Quartet
  • Smalls
  • IV. The Long Goodbye
  • The Pink Lady
  • Miguel
  • Sarah
  • Dr. Finger Fuck
  • Pleasure's checks and balances
  • Kevin
  • James
  • Almost done
  • The past, present, and future
  • Carry on
  • Epilogue
  • Selected Discography
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index