Benny Goodman and the Swing Era

Benny Goodman and the Swing Era

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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.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 432 pages
  • 147.32 x 238.76 x 38.1mm | 839.14g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 16 pp halftones
  • 0195052781
  • 9780195052787

About James Lincoln Collier

Author of Louis Armstrong (OUP USA 1983) and Duke Ellington (OUP USA 1987).show more

Review quote

'Collier's book amplifies very extensively Goodman's autobiography, The Kingdom of Swing.' Times Literary Supplement 'the most reliable of Collier's three jazz biographies' Jazztimes, November 1991 'the book gives a new and fascinating insight into Goodman's particular style of leadership and discipline ... This is, without a doubt, the most in-depth analysis of any band leader ... that you are ever likely to read.' Tony Parker, Oldham Evening Chronicle 'Collier's probing of Goodman's personality and his assessment of the music it created is superior to his earlier studies of Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong.' Times Literary Supplement 'this is a substantial and recommendable read' Wire Monthly 'authoritative study ... The author gives a scrupulous account of Goodman's life and character, without indulging in excessive psychological speculation. He also presents an excellent survey of the rise of the big band.' Geoffrey Smith, Country Life 'Even with the benefit of all the diligent research that has made this book so gripping, Collier is unable to explain why Goodman could be so uniquely nasty ... a disturbing and revealing account of one of the most paradoxical lives in jazz.' Jazz FM `Collier... writes wonderfully well' Devon Life 'brilliantly chronicled by James Lincoln Collier in this in-depth study ... With its fine photographs, notes, index and discography, it belongs in every jazz fan's library.' Elaine Ives-Cameron, Jewish Chronicle 'his book leaves us with a sharply drawn, far from flattering portrait of the ambitious, totally self-centred clarinettist and band leader ... But Collier paints an enthralling picture of the whole American popular music industry through to the fifties ... Collier is an extremely able social historian ... His ensembles blow as hard as his solos making this book an indispensable companion to the records.' John Ellis, The Guardian 'he has marshalled the available data very diligently ... a commendable work on the Jewish boy from the ghetto who made good' Jim Godbolt, Sunday Telegraph 'The author gives a scrupulous account of Goodman's life and character, without indulging in excessive psychological speculation. He also presents an excellent survey of the rise of the big band.' Geoffrey Smith, Country Lifeshow more

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