Ode to a Highflying Bird - Charlie Watts tribute to Charlie 'Bird' Parker.
Ode to a Highflying Bird - Charlie Watts tribute to Charlie 'Bird' Parker.
Charlie Watts

Ode to a Highflying Bird - Charlie Watts tribute to Charlie 'Bird' Parker.

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 'I was 13 or 14 when I first heard [Parker]. … I am what I am, thanks to this man' (Charlie Watts).

A truly scarce first edition from the pen of Charlie Watts, the late and of course great, Rolling Stones drummer. An ode to his hero, the jazz icon Charlie 'Bird' Parker.

The story goes that in 1960, when Watts was then a student of graphic design and before the Stones found fame, he created a short illustrated depiction of Parker’s life for a class project. He presented Parker as an actual bird, complete with sunglasses and sax, in child-inspired sketches along with laid-back lighthearted text: “Soon everybody was digging what Bird blew. … His nest was made.

A few years later and the book was discovered by the publisher of the Rolling Stones Monthly fan publication, who, Watts said later, thought, 'Ah, there’s a few bob in this!' Published in a very limited run in 1964, making this an exceedingly scarce book.

Not only an important piece of Rolling Stones history but also a wonderfully iluustrated book on Jazz history.

First editon, first impression. Original white boards with an image of Charlie Watts and facsimile Watts signature, minor wear to edge but overall near-fine. Internally very sound. A truly stunning copy.

Published by Beat Publications, London, 1964.