Spirit Seeker: John Coltrane's Musical Journey

by Gary Golio, Rudy Gutierrez

A picture book biography for older readers about groundbreaking jazz musician John Coltrane

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN-13/ EAN: 9780547239941
  • ISBN-10: 0547239947
  • Pages: 48
  • Publication Date: 10/23/2012
  • Carton Quantity: 40

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  • About the Book
    Growing up, John was a seeker. He wondered about spirit, and the meaning of life. And whether music could be a key to unlocking those mysteries. Like his grandfather’s preaching and his parents’ songs, could John’s music bring people closer to God?
         Told in moving prose and powerfully illustrated, this is the story of a shy, curious boy from a deeply religious family who grew up to find solace and inspiration in his own unique approach to both spirituality and music. John Coltrane—a legendary jazz musician whose work shattered boundaries and continues to influence countless artists to this day.
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  • Reviews
    "Lyrically narrated, resplendently illustrated and deeply respectful of both subject and audience."
    Kirkus, starred review

    "The art ingeniously gets across the intangibles in Coltrane's story as Golio tells it."
    Horn Book

    "As an impressionistic introduction to a jazz giant, this should whet appetites to learn and hear more."

    "Gutierrez's wildly kinetic and occasionally fantastical paintings are appropriately heartfelt and groovy."
    New York Times Book Review

    "A well-conceived marriage of art and text breathes life and passion into this picture biography."
    School Library Journal, starred review

    "The dizzying heights and lowest moments of John Coltrane's life are portrayed with energy and care by Golio and Gutierrez."
    Publishers Weekly, starred review