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Benny Goodman and the Swing Era - Collier

(Item: BOOK305)


by James Lincoln Collier

First Edition

Hardbound- Maroon Board, Green Cloth/Silver Gilt Lettering

Book Description: Oxford University Press, United States, 1989

Book Condition: Very Good/Lightly Bumped/Rubbed

Small Dot Stain on Bottom

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good/Unclipped

Toned Edges/Lightly Bumped/Rubbed

Photographic Reproduction Section



404 Pages

Mylar Wrapped Dust Jacket


 Born of poor Jewish immigrant parents in Chicago in 1909, Beny Goodman joined the local synagogue band at the age of ten with two of his brothers. As he was the smallest of the three he was given a clarinet. Within a decade he was a musical legend, constantly in demand for radio shows and guest appearances with America's leading jazz orchestras. In 1934 he formed his own band, and by the mid-1930s, Benny Goodman was hailed as the undisputed 'King of Swing'. James Lincoln Collier brilliantly recreates the colourful popular music world of the 1920s and 1930s, when the music industry was just expanding, radio was the great source of musical entertainment, and swing bands were first finding national audiences. He also offers perceptive insights into the character and music of a man whose magic transformed the Depression years into the Swing Era.

Price: $75.00

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