Since my college days in the early 90’s, I’ve always set aside time on Sundays to read, study and play jazz music and today was no different. After putting my daughter to sleep earlier, with Joe Sample’s Invitation (an essential album for relaxing and helping babies sleep) playing in the background, my eyes turned to my bookshelf and fixed themselves on this book. If you’re a student of history and Malcolm like I am, then this book is definitely for you. It’s full of great pics of his life that you may have never seen before. And it’s kind of funny how I happened to come to ‘own’ this book, too. I think I had just read his autobiography for the 2nd time before the spring semester of ’94 began. During the summer of ’94, I was still living with my aunt and uncle after graduating college and waiting to start my first real gig in August. My aunt worked at Border’s and would come home with boxes of books for ‘free’ that she never bothered to read and I rifled through them weekly searching for something interesting. I think she left this book on the dining room table back in June ’94 and I decided to ‘borrow’ it knowing that Malcolm was the last thing on her mind. Come to think of it, she may have actually gotten it for me but I didn’t even bother to ask her. It was so engaging that, for maybe a week, I couldn’t put it down. From that point on, I began collecting the books and audio of his speeches and so on. I have just about everything ever published with his words in it but this book is a great addition for historians and a good introduction for younger people.
See a few pics here