A Love Supreme | Granta

  • Published: 06/02/2020
  • ISBN: 9781783786053
  • 129x20mm
  • 464 pages

A Love Supreme

Ashley Kahn

A deeply researched and beautifully illustrated study of saxophone legend John Coltrane’s signature album. Among the images published here for the first time are Coltrane’s hand-written poem ‘A Love Supreme’ that was printed in the original album and in-studio photographs of Coltrane and his sidemen recording A Love Supreme in 1964. Written with the full co-operation of the Coltrane family and featuring the voices of musicians, producers and writers of the 1960s, Kahn has also unearthed rare, unpublished interviews with Coltrane and bassist Jimmy Garrison. The book also features commentary from contemporary music stars including Carlos Santana, Bono, Phil Lesh, Patti Smith, Ravi Shankar and Steve Reich.

We get the man, the mission, the methodology ... a well-researched, transparently written, passionately felt book


One of the most accessible slices of jazz history you'll find...mixes biography, a forensic study of the recording process and an examination of the album's racial, political and spiritual legacy...a fine journalistic narrative

John Lewis, Time Out

Kahn provides a historical and critical overview of Coltrane's life and work and has also carried out an impressive quantity of research. [It] is an enjoyable read, with great photographs. Coltrane's followers will have to get it


The Author

Ashley Khan is a music historian, journalist and producer, and a frequent talking head on all matters jazz. He is currently a visiting professor at NYU, in the Department of Recorded Music. As well as writing for various magazines, Khan is the author of various liner notes, for which he has been nominated for 3 Grammys. In 2015, he won for his notes to Coltrane’s Offering: Live at Temple University, As a road manager, he has worked with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Paul Simon and Peter Gabriel. His journalism has appeared in NYT, Rolling Stone, Mojo and New Statesman. In 2014, he co-authored Santana’s autobiography, The Universal Tone.

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