The graphic novel format was the perfect medium for a Coltrane biography. It slowed down some moments to a second, and then punched quickly through decades; telling the story out of sequence and then returning to a linear tale. It was a "fast" read, but far from forgettable.
I've been enjoying the sounds of Coltrane courtesy You Tube, of the albums A Love Supreme and Blue Train.
Alabama is patterned after Martin Luther King's funeral speech for those that died in the 1963 Birmingham church bombing:
Midway through the song, mirroring the point where King transforms his mourning into a statement of renewed determination for the struggle against racism, Elvin Jones's drumming rises from a whisper to a pounding rage. He wanted this crescendo to signify the rising of the civil rights movement.
- Democratic Underground