Paul Chambers biography project

Discussion in 'Bassists [DB]' started by Rob Palmer, Dec 4, 2005.

  1. Rob Palmer

    Rob Palmer

    Aug 29, 2005
    I am writing a biography on Paul Chambers and have already gathered a great deal of information on the man and his music. I have followed an earlier thread on this site and will be able to use some of the stuff contained. My request now is for further information relating to the man and his music. My work has reached around 90,000 words and I have a 120 page discography which is growing. Any information (or leads) you may have may make a considerable difference to the forward momentum of my project. There are a lot of people waiting for this one. Can you help me fill in some gaps?

  2. Rob,

    I am begining a research project on Paul Chambers and finding that there is very little written about him specifically (as I'm sure you already know). The project is for a doctorate in jazz studies from the Univ. of Illinois.

    I would be very interested in getting a copy of your book when it is completed and citing you as the most recent and comprehensive source. Be sure to let the talkbass community know when and where this book becomes available!

    Also, if you'd like to compare notes please feel free to email me, although I will admit I am in the early stages of research here.
    JB Faires
  3. bassame


    Mar 25, 2004
    Brooklyn NY
    I'm glad to hear of this renewed interest in Paul Chambers and look forward to both books. I only hope that, as students of music, you will devote a few chapters to his music, his technique, his solo style, and his walking style, unlike most biographies of jazz musicians that are written by journalists more interested in drug use and name dropping.:bawl:
  4. I can't wait for this bio to come out. :hyper: When I began to study the UB, Mr PC was someone I'd heard of, but to tell the truth, Mingus, Brown & Carter were the ones I'd listened to the most. Then I discovered PC's music and KABLAMO. When I found out how many people he played with, I was'nt surprised.

    Unfortunately, like Scott, another genius of the bass taken from us way too soon. :(

  5. jholanda


    Jan 21, 2008
    Sorry for not having anything to help you but I wish you luck.

    Ill be eagerly waiting for your book :)
  6. DanielleMuscato


    Jun 19, 2004
    Columbia, Missouri, USA
    Endorsing Artist, Schroeder Cabinets

    I'd like to buy a copy when it's finished. Please keep me informed!

    As far as info about the man, you might email Jim Stinnett, a bass professor at Berklee College of Music, and also talk to Shane Allessio, a student of his. They are both Berklee's resident experts on PC, from what I understand. Good luck!

    Edited to add links: - You can email him from here. Tell him Mama Dave from Bass Lines '07 sent ya. - Jim's bio page @ (he doesn't use it much) - Shane's MySpace & contact info
  7. Bobby King

    Bobby King Supporting Member

    May 3, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    Likewise, put me down for an advance order!
  8. Any news on this project?
  9. shwashwa


    Aug 30, 2003
    you might want to try and track down larry ridley and chris white. they were both friends with paul. im not saying that i'm sure they'd be willing to help, but it might be worth checking in to .
  10. michaeloutsider


    Jul 24, 2011
    Dear Rob,

    I was just wondering how the biography you are writing about Paul was going? Have you got any closer to finishing it yet? I worked at a London Literary Agency for 14 years from 1990 to 2004 and still have contacts there, so if you were looking for an Agent to try to sell the book once completed, I'd be happy to recommend you to somebody.
    All I'd want in return was the satisfaction of reading the finished product as I've been a fan of this bass player for quite some time.
    Best wishes,
    Michael, Holbeach, Lincs.
  11. Passinwind

    Passinwind I know nothing. Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
  12. Rob, I pre-ordered your book. Amazon has told me that it's shipped. Is this real? I'm excited!
  13. DownLow


    Nov 30, 2007
    I will own this as soon as humanly possible. Thank you!!
  14. My copy arrived. It's too bad I have to be at work all day.
  15. sugerbass


    Jun 19, 2012
    New York
    Really enjoying this book!
  16. JoeWPgh


    Dec 21, 2012
    My favorite quote pertaining to Mr PC came from guitarist Barney Kessel in a Downbeat interview. When asked to define 'swing' he said, "Any 2 consecutive notes from Paul Chambers"
  17. Rob Palmer

    Rob Palmer

    Aug 29, 2005
    I think that quote was Dan Morgenstern or Martin Williams; will check.

    The book was published on 30th December 2012 and is now all over the place inc Amazon. I am now researching Jimmy Garrison!
  18. John Goldsby

    John Goldsby Supporting Member

    Mar 4, 2003
    Bassist @ WDR Big Band Cologne, Discover Double Bass, Conservatorium Maastricht, NL
  19. Rob Palmer

    Rob Palmer

    Aug 29, 2005
    I am not aware of any intention to release this for Kindle.