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Backbeat Books to Release Expanded Edition of Jaco Pastorius Biography

An expanded edition of Jaco: The Extraordinary and Tragic Life of Jaco Pastorius by Bill Milkowski, is scheduled for release in January, again on Backbeat Books. Originally published in 1995, the book uses photographs, music and interviews to analyze Pastorius’s bass technique, musical innovations and impact on numerous musical genres.

The enhanced edition will contain new photographs from the Pastorius estate, as well as a companion full-length CD with newly released music from Pastorius’s early years and interviews from those who knew and worked with the legendary bassist, who died in 1987 at age 35.

Milkowski, a veteran music journalist and frequent JazzTimes contributor, knew Pastorius for five years and details Pastorius’ life and how he revolutionized the electric bass.

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