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Let's Get Lost: A Film Journal

Little Bear Films, 1988

Little Bear Films

This ever-rare "Let's Get Lost Film Journal" accompanied the documentary's original release in 1988. Bruce Weber applies the same jazz noir / California cool sensibility to the book as he did the film. Quotes from interview subjects are interspersed with Bruce's photos of Chet in the recording studio and on the road; classic William Claxton images and rare family snapshots share the page with reminisces by jazz greats. The book's content and form have the same dreamy, improvisational quality as the film, shifting back and forth from past to present, from Chet's breakout performance and his controversial "doomed youth" years, to his poignant late-career decline and struggles with addiction. Together this film and journal offer a rare, behind-the-scenes glimpse into the decadent life of jazz music's original bad-boy, a man whose "frosty hipness was, in the ’50s, considered a sexy alternative to that era’s prevailing ethos of earnest, striving respectability." –Terrence Rafferty, The New York Times