Book/Artist Review: Coltrane: The Story of a Sound by Ben Ratliff

Assignment Prompt: Craft a 4 page paper that discusses John Coltrane’s output, life, and influence on jazz specifically and music in general, as well as discussing the musical and historical contexts of that musician. Use this as an opportunity to use (and demonstrate) what you have learned in this class, through general course readings, lectures, and discussions, as well as from your concert review experiences and other assignments. Use citations to back up your thoughts, and make sure to organize the paper thoughtfully and logically.

My instruction: This isn’t just a summary of his life; it’s supposed to be reflective of this one book. I haven’t read Coltrane: The Story of a Sound either, but discusses it in a good amount of detail so reading the book isn’t necessary. MLA format (12 point font, Times New Roman, double spaced) Please include quotes from Coltrane: The Story of a Sound by Ben Ratliff if you can find any.