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Artie Shaw : His Life and Music - John White

Artie Shaw

His Life and Music

Paperback Published: 12th February 2004
ISBN: 9780826469151
Number Of Pages: 224

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As the handsome (and much-married) leader of a series of big bands and small groups in the 1930s and 1940s, clarinetist Artie Shaw achieved measures of fame and fortune that temporarily eclipsed those of his great rival, Benny Goodman. Shaw's five top single recordigs had sold over 65 million copies by 1965; by 1990 his total sales exceeded 100 million records. Yet Shaw was an ambitiously serious and introspective musician. He frequently tired of the music business, often forsaking it for extended periods. He also achieved renown as a writer of fiction. Unlike Goodman, Shaw, now in his 93rd year and the last surviving icon of the Swing Era, has not been well served by jazz writers. In rectifying that omission, the revised edition of this book offers a narrative account and analytical assessment of the life and times of a major figure in American popular music.

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John White s biography of Artie Shaw will amaze you a balanced study of the jazz great, complete with commentaries, quotes, and photographs. If you don t have this book yet, get a copy and steel back for a great reading adventure. If your Public Library does not own a copy, have it order one for its reading patrons. A fine, full study of Shaw, this biography is must reading for any person who loves jazz music and its performers. Well-written, this top-notch biography is highly recommended. jazzreview.com, 4/27/04

Preface 1. Perspectives on Swing; 2. Interlude in B Flat: The Search for Identity; 3. Beginning the Beguine: success and Remorse; 4. War and Peace; 5. Cinderella and Other Stories; 6. Concerto for Clarinet: The Artistry of Artie Shaw; 7. 'S. Wonderful: Shaw on Record; Coda: The Best of Intentions

ISBN: 9780826469151
ISBN-10: 0826469159
Series: Bayou Jazz Lives
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 12th February 2004
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.73 x 14.63  x 1.37
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised