Riding on a Blue Note

Riding on a Blue Note : Jazz and American Pop

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Gary Giddins, winner of the 1998 National Book Critics Circle Award, has a following that includes not only jazz enthusiasts but also pop music fans of every stripe. Writing here in a lyrical and celebratory style all his own, Giddins dazzlingly shows us -- among many other things -- how performers originally perceived as radical (Bing Crosby, Count Basie, Elvis Presley) became conservative institutions...how Charlie Parker created a masterpiece from the strain of an inane ditty...how the Dominoes helped combine church ritual with pop music...and how Irving Berlin translated a chiaroscuro of Lower East Side minorities into imperishable songs.
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  • Hardback | 330 pages
  • 144.78 x 208.28 x 33.02mm | 566.99g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • index
  • 019502835X
  • 9780195028355

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