Swing, Swing, Swing: The Life & Times of Benny Goodman

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W. W. Norton & Company, Aug 1, 1994 - Biography & Autobiography - 522 pages
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Before Elvis Presley and rock-'n'-roll, another King ruled the roost of American popular music. His name was Benny Goodman and his domain, the gilded age of Swing. Benny's concerts, records, and radio shows catapulted the hot and controversial sounds of jazz into the hearts and homes of a hungry public. Swing, Swing, Swing at once illustrates Goodman's enormous impact on American music and culture, reflects the rich textures of the times in which he lived, and evokes the very private life of a complicated, difficult man. Raised in a tenement in Chicago's Maxwell Street ghetto, he grew up to become the symbol of glamorous high-society living. Benny's undeniable position as social groundbreaker - his were the nation's first racially integrated bands - was characteristically downplayed by the man himself: he simply wanted the finest musicians he could find. Here are the sounds and stories that define the remarkable life of the world's most demanding and idiosyncratic band leader. The violent clashes between his smiling public persona and his intensely private nature; the infamous "Goodman Ray" (no musician who played with Benny escaped its wrath); the conflicting stories of Goodman's parsimony and his largess - these stories and many more paint a vibrant portrait of a truly original, undeniably American artist.
  

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This was a super cool biography! it focused what it was like to be a musician during world war 2 and how swing music was a form of rebellion in nazi germany as well as his own life. Read full review

Contents

The Kid in Short Pants
17
The Two Bennys
37
The Freelance Years
59
Aintcha Glad?
75
Music Hall Rag
89
1
105
2 775
106
Big Band Small Band
131
The Changes Made
257
The Hour of Parting
271
Benny Rides Again
285
Alice
307
Wartime
313
Bennys Bop
337
The Kell Interlude
355
Carnegie Hall Revisited
365

On the Road for MCA
141
Swing Is Here
153
Making It
169
Return to the Palomar 777
179
Dancing in the Aisles 757
189
Carnegie Jump
203
Farewell Blues
219
What Swing Really Does to People
239
Contrasts
245
The Benny Goodman Story
383
On the Road Again
391
Mission to Moscow
405
September Song
419
Goodbye
439
Sources
457
Index
499
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