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