Spirit Seeker by Gary Golio & Rudy Gutierrez
John Coltrane's Musical Journey

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Growing up, John was a seeker. He wondered about spirit, and the meaning of life. And whether music could be a key to unlocking those mysteries. Like his grandfather’s preaching and his parents’ songs, could John’s music bring people closer to God?

Told in moving prose and powerfully illustrated, this is the story of a shy, curious boy from a deeply religious family who grew up to find solace and inspiration in his own unique approach to both spirituality and music. John Coltrane—a legendary jazz musician whose work shattered boundaries and continues to influence countless artists to this day.


About Gary Golio & Rudy Gutierrez

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Gary Golio is the New York Times bestselling author of Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow, A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix. He has also counseled children and teens in the area of addiction. Gary lives with his wife, the author Susanna Reich, in Ossining, New York. To learn more, please visit www.garygolio.com. Rudy Gutierrez is a Pura Belpré Honor-winning illustrator who has also created album art, most notably for the group Santana's acclaimed release Shaman. He teaches at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and lives in Bogota, New Jersey. To learn more, please visit www.altpick.com/rudygutierrez.
Published October 23, 2012 by Clarion Books. 48 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography, Children's Books.

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In attuned counterpoint, Golio and Gutierrez present a portrait of John Coltrane’s lifelong quest to discover and share his spiritual truth through music.

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Publishers Weekly

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The dizzying heights and lowest moments of John Coltrane's life are portrayed with energy and care by Golio and Gutierrez, both of whom have experience translating the lives of musicians into picture books (Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow, for Golio, and When I Get Older: The Story Behind "Wavin' Fla...

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City Book Review

Notes went flying upward, shot at the stars as if to say, Look, here I am, trying to light my way with this horn!” John Coltrane’s story is told simply and beautifully by author Gary Golio.

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The Horn Book

There have been other picture books about gifted jazz musician and composer John Coltrane that have focused on his music or his childhood, but this one dares to take on the complexity of Coltrane’s entire life.

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New Journal And Guide Online

And in the new book “Spirit Seeker: John Coltrane’s Musical Journey” by Gary Golio, paintings by Rudy Gutierrez, you’ll read about one boy’s questioning and the answers he found.

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