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RifftideThe Life and Opinions of Papa Jo Jones$
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Papa Jo Jones

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816673001

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816673001.001.0001

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My Thirst after Knowledge Will Never Cease

My Thirst after Knowledge Will Never Cease

Chapter:
(p.71) My Thirst after Knowledge Will Never Cease
Source:
Rifftide
Author(s):

Papa Jo Jones

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816673001.003.0006

This chapter reveals that Jo Jones had a ravenous appetite for knowledge. He argues that he cannot have a background without all the writers influencing and, in the case of his biographer, Albert Murray, recording his life. Jones used to take his time raiding his friends’ library, claiming the act as his working for all of humanity. He is a great believer in the power of words and intellect, especially in the minds of the youth; and he has taken many opportunities to share a few pieces of his favorite literature throughout the chapter. Related to this is an aside he makes about his time in a band with Count Basie, and the musical flexibility the band adopted—a process Jones describes as “unlearn[ing] yourself”—a form of knowledge processing that can very well relate to the art of writing.

Keywords:   knowledge, Albert Murray, writers, library, literature, Count Basie

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