A Love Supreme

Ashley Kahn

Published: 6 February 2020
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 464 pages
ISBN: 9781783786053

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Published: 1 October 2003
Paperback, Other
189x235mm, 288 pages
ISBN: 9781862076020

About the author

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Ashley Kahn is the author of Kind of Blue: Miles Davis and the Making of a Masterpiece, A Love Supreme: The Creation of John Coltrane's Classic Album and The House That Trane Built: The Story of Impulse Records, and the co-author of Carlos Santana's autobiography, The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story to Light. He served as primary editor of Rolling Stone: The Seventies and has contributed articles to the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Mojo and many other publications. He also teaches at New York University's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. More about the author


‘Ashley Kahn deftly unpicks the background, describing the context and making of what was to become the signature modern jazz album’



‘Kahn provides a historical and critical overview of Coltrane's life and work and has also carried out an impressive quantity of research. [It] is an enjoyable read, with great photographs. Coltrane's followers will have to get it’

‘Kahn's book puts you there in the studio, next to Elvin's kit’ Geoff Brown

‘One of the most accessible slices of jazz history you'll find...mixes biography, a forensic study of the recording process and an examination of the album's racial, political and spiritual legacy...a fine journalistic narrative’ John Lewis

‘Thoroughly absorbing’

‘We get the man, the mission, the methodology ... a well-researched, transparently written, passionately felt book’

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