Bill Milkowski's book has a number of inaccuracies.
Simply to be fair, and to be more precise,
dispel some of which is untrue, and inappropriate...
...seen strictly through my eyes:
I first met Bill very briefly at Jaco's wake.
Some say he had been interviewing.
and last meeting with Bill was after
the first version of his book had come out in Japan.
He contacted me while in town fulfilling an assignment.
During our one hour or so meeting in a hotel lobby,
informed me of his project to do an English version of the book,
hence the decision to have a first hand conversation with me.
After the meeting, he sent us 2 copies of the Japanese rendition.
The next time I heard from Milkowski was after
office had called for photos, and I had declined. The draft of the book
they had sent for me to review, per my request,
had left me saddened.
In addition, I observed several erroneous statements, some quite painful.
Regardless, Bill Milkowski has done bodies of important work, and
the mere existence of this book is significant...
thus, on behalf of others as well,
thank you Bill,
thank you Miller Freeman,
thank you Bass Player.
Though the book has documented some valid accounts of
erratic behavior, it largely depicts the last grueling
of his life, which is the period the author acquainted him.
Milkowski's delivery lacked the sensitivity of how different Jaco was.
What seemed to many as being out of the norm, even unacceptable,
was merely an intelligent man, pushing the limits of individuality.
Jaco wore his heart on his sleeve...
I believe some of his antics were purely out
of frustration of being misunderstood. Clearly his
actions are not common, but from my perspective,
he initially only wanted to have simple fun.
He lived to give of himself through his music,
assuming his role as a conduit for a higher power.
The alcohol and drug abuse, a form of self-medicating,
which sadly happens to be the way of the world,
especially in the music business, intensified
the chemical imbalance he endured.
My attempt here to set some records straight
focuses on what hits home for me, though admittedly,
Jaco was responsible for some of Bill's misconceptions.
By no means do I condone all of Jaco's actions.
we all have our own perceptions
and how others see us...
HERE are some of mine...
and of others.