Monday, August 29, 2011

Steve's Tchotchke Collection (An Occasional Series): Charlie's Good Tonight, Isn't He?

Still in DivShare Hell at the moment. But in the meantime, here's another interesting relic of mine recently rescued from storage, along with various audio cassettes and VHS videos of crappy bands I've been in.

A 1991 reissue of Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts' utterly charming 1964 kids book about Charlie Parker.

Ode to a High Flying Bird.

As you can see, the illustrations are in the same wonderful cartoon style as the ones Watts contributed to The Stones' Between the Buttons album. The book itself came into my possession as a record company promo; Our hero was touring with his big (jazz) band, and whatever label put out the accompanying CD included this as a bonus for press geeks like myself.

Of course, my copy is personally autographed, thanks to a colleague who got to interview Watts at the time.

Needless to say, I am rather insufferably pleased to have this one.