Komeda - A Private Life in Jazz - Magdalena Grzebałkowska

Komeda - A Private Life in Jazz - Magdalena Grzebałkowska

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Komeda - A Private Life in Jazz - Magdalena Grzebałkowska

Magdalena Grzebałkowska [+-]
Journalist and Author
A history graduate of the University of Gdańsk, Magdalena Grzebałkowska is a multi-award-winning journalist and author of four books of non-fiction. In addition to her biography of Krzysztof Komeda, she has also written best-selling biographies of the Polish poet-priest, Jan Twardowski; and the Beksińskis, (artist father, Zdzisław, and music journalist-son, Tomasz). Her book of reportage on the Polish experience of the Reclaimed Territories and the repatriation of Poles following the Second World War: 1945: War and Peace (2015) won the Newsweek Prize and the Nike Literary Award (audience’s choice). Magdalena Grzebałkowska is a popular speaker at the country’s many book festivals and makes frequent appearances in the Polish media.


Komeda: A Private Life in Jazz is the biography of Krzysztof (Trzciński) Komeda (1931-1969), composer of no fewer than 40 soundtracks, including film scores to all of Roman Polański’s early films such as Knife in the Water and Rosemary’s Baby ; and a revered figure in the world of jazz, which regards his record, Astigmatic (released in 1966), as a key album in the history of European jazz. This biography of Komeda, originally published in Polish by Znak in 2018, is the first to be published in the English language and not only traces Komeda’s life, but also the development of Polish jazz during this period. It explores how this arose in large part out of a need for self-expression and personal freedom during a repressive period of Soviet communist dominance. The book is full of interviews between the biographer and people who worked with and knew Krzysztof Komeda personally, and, while thoroughly-grounded in primary sources, it is written in a playful, questioning, engaging style.

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Grzebałkowska, Magdalena. Select Bibliography. Komeda - A Private Life in Jazz. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 419-421 Oct 2020. ISBN 9781781799451. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=42252. Date accessed: 02 Mar 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.42252. Oct 2020

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