Long time coming, but it’s finally here!

CLARK - The Autobiography of Clark TerryMy book, Clark – The Autobiography of Clark Terry is finally done! It took me more than twenty years to get it finished, and all I can say is that I’m glad that I don’t have to start trying to remember all of those facts and stories and names today. Man! Lots of people helped me and I’ve thanked all of them, starting with the Old Man Upstairs. I laid some heavy stuff down in those pages, some personal scenes, and things that I hadn’t really talked about before. I wrote stories about recording sessions, incredible musicians that I’ve been blessed to work with, tips about my techniques, and how I overcame those left hooks that life threw at me. The ones that got me are in there, too.

The University of California Press is my publisher, and they have been just fantastic. Great people to work with, you know. Lots of hard work, and I hope you’ll enjoy reading my story. The publication date is October 1st of this year – just a few months away! Until then, my friends at UC Press have set things up so that you can order now and get one of the first editions. They’re giving a hip discount for early orders, so you can save some bread.

I asked Gwen to give you the information about the ways and means that it all works, so here are the links:

Amazon even included some of the nice things that were said about me at the bottom of the page. I really appreciate those statements.

And its also available for pre-Order at Barnes and Noble

As we get hipped to more places where you can order early, I’ll make sure to lay it all out to you. Meanwhile, I’ll keep on keepin’ on through these “Golden Years” (which I call these “Olden Years”), and I’m sending my love to everyone out there. You always mean a lot to me!


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12 Responses to Long time coming, but it’s finally here!

  1. Cliff Preiss says:

    I received my copy of “Clark” from Amazon last week!
    Many congratulations to you and Gwen for a great book, and I hope you’re feeling better…

  2. Brett says:

    I’ve already pre-ordered! I’m excited to read it. I wish there was a way for you to autograph it. I also have a pic I took of you and Paul Jeffery playing together at Duke I’d love to have you autograph.

  3. Guy says:

    Btw, I gonna look out for the book. I’m sure its gonna be a great read.

    God Bless

  4. Guy says:

    Dear Mr Terry, I’ve always enjoyed your incredible playing and unique style. What is even greater is your warm spirit. I am just sad that I have never till now had the opportunity of seeing you perform live. I pray that God will bless you with more music and more love in your life and that I would have that opportunity some day.

    God Bless
    Guy Rozario ( Malaysia)

  5. Jyrki Ahola says:

    Great news Mr. Terry !

    I orderet your book from one web-bookshop today,can’t wait to get to read it…

    All the best wishes to you

    Trumpet player
    Jyrki Ahola,

    • Clark Terry says:

      Dear Jyrki,

      Thanks for ordering my book. I think you’re going to like it.
      It was great to receive your message.
      Good luck with your chops!


  6. Hi CT
    I am very happy to see that the book is ready.
    I remember times we spent together in Molde Norway and in Stockholm, not to mention when I took you to Borlänge to play with Björbobandet and when we had dinner in my home in Säter, when we visited my old schoolfriend Peter when going to Uppsala to play with Radiojazzgruppen and the dinner after at the restaurant that did not accept credit cards without the big INTERBANK sign on it.
    I wish you all the best
    Lasse “Ed” Jansson, your personal photographer in Stockholm Sweden

    • Clark Terry says:

      Hey Ed,

      Sure nice to know that you’re still in my corner.
      I am, the same as you, happy that the book is finished, and I think that it’s going to be a winner.

      Regards to everybody and “hej da” for now,

  7. Tom Smith says:

    Gwen, Clark, I can’t wait to read the book!! You have done so many cool things!!
    Played Mumbles from You Tube last night for a bucnh of people who had never seen of heard it, they just loved it.
    You are truly an inspiration and I will never tire of the beautiful music you have put out. I play it all the time here at the Columbus Police Dept.
    Tom Smith
    Columbus Ohio

  8. Fabian Acuna says:

    This looks to be an amazing book Mr. Terry! I can’t wait to put my hands onto it and start reading it.

    I really appreciate all the work you have put into this book along with all your contribution to music. You are my definite inspiration for getting into music and I hope to see you someday.

    Thank you for everything and I’m sure the book is going to be a blast!

    Yours sincerely,
    Fabian Acuna

    • Clark Terry says:

      Dear Fabian,

      Thanks for all of your kind words. I’m hoping to hear from you with a positive response about my book.

      All the best,