Deep in a Dream

Deep in a Dream
Deep in a Dream

Deep in a Dream

The Long Night of Chet Baker
By James Gavin


440 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB, Mobipocket, PDF

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

ISBN 9781569767573

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Jul 2011)


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“The most well-rounded, clear-eyed portrait of the trumpeter ever put to paper. . . . The definitive bio of Baker.” —Christopher Porter, JazzTimes
This first major biography of the most romanticized icon in jazz thrillingly recounts his wild ride. From his emergence in the 1950s--when an uncannily beautiful young man from Oklahoma appeared on the West Coast to become, seemingly overnight, the prince of "cool" jazz--until his violent, drug-related death in Amsterdam in 1988, Chet Baker lived a life that has become an American myth. Here, drawing on hundreds of interviews and previously untapped sources, James Gavin gives a hair-raising account of the trumpeter's dark journey.


“A landmark in entertainment biography.” —Tony Gieske, Hollywood Reporter

“Definitive … a haunting prose poem that’s every bit as affecting as one of Baker’s solos.” —Entertainment Weekly – “A” rating

“Superb … unerring … a stark, troubling portrait of both the artist and his times.” —Publisher’s Weekly

“Splendid, fascinatingly thorough … a book that remains a page-turner long after it’s obvious what’s coming next.” —K. Leander Williams, Time Out New York

“So thorough, gripping and well-written that once the pages start to turn, you’re hooked … a journalistic gem.” —Jason Koransky, Down Beat

“Savagely honest … impeccably researched, elegantly written.” —Joel Selvin, San Francisco Chronicle

“Harrowing … chilling.” —Richard Sudhalter, Baltimore Sun

“Cringingly fine … a really scary story.” —Kirkus Reviews

Author Biography

James Gavin is the author of Intimate Nights: The Golden Age of New York Cabaret and Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne. His journalistic work has appeared in the Huffington Post, the New York Times, Time Out New York, and Vanity Fair. He has been interviewed on Australia’s ABC Network, the BBC, and NPR radio as well as Good Morning America, PBS NewsHour, and the Today show. He lives in New York City.