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Life in Reverse

Tales of a Very Stable Narcissist

by (author) Ron Westray

Anthem Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2021
General, Adventurers & Explorers, Business
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2021
    List Price

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Starting from present and going back 30 years to 1990, the book about African-American jazz musician Ron Westray’s life journey is written in reverse. The writing is rigorous—flanked by hip-hop, Southern, and ebonic dialects—and includes jazz lingo, texting-shorthand and use of emojis. 


About the author

One of the most highly regarded musicians of his generation, Ron Westray continues to expand upon the legacy set before him.

Ron Westray's profile page

Editorial Reviews

“A brilliant musician and a courageous exploration of his complex life–to this point.” — Lorna Marsden, President emerita, York University, Canada


Life In Reverse is an impressive mosaic of the adventures and reflections of a jazz musician, a women’s man, a black intellectual. Do not expect easy reading: this is not a run-of-the-mill autobiography, no self-analysis, no pop literature. It’s raw, private, demanding, serious, fun, a great picture of our times.” — Dr. Hans Christian Hagedorn, Professor, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Spain