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Ode to a High Flying Bird

Kristine England

Dec 27, 2021

Combing through some year-end tribute lists, I discovered something about Charlie Watts I hadn't known before. Not only was he one of the greatest rock drummers of all time, but he was also a graphic artist before he hooked up with the Stones. 


In 1965 he published Ode to a High Flying Bird, a children's book celebrating the life of the "Bird" himself, Charlie Parker. With simple drawings and hand-written text, it is a fascinating peek into an aspect of Watts that only deepens my affection for someone I've admired most of my life.

"One from Charlie"

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