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A biographical guide to the great jazz and pop singers, Will Friedwald

Label
A biographical guide to the great jazz and pop singers
Title
A biographical guide to the great jazz and pop singers
Statement of responsibility
Will Friedwald
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Will Friedwald's illuminating, opinionated essays---provocative, funny, and personal---on the lives and careers of more than three hundred singers anatomize the work of the most important jazz and popular performers of the twentieth century. From giants like Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, and Judy Garland to lesser-known artists like Jeri Southern and Joe Mooney, they have created a body of work that continues to please and inspire. Here is the most extensive biographical and critical survey of these singers ever written, as well as an essential guide to the Great American Songbook and those who shaped the way it has been sung." "The music crosses from jazz to pop and back again, from the songs of Irving Berlin and W. C. Handy through Stephen Sondheim and beyond, bringing together straightforward jazz and pop singers (Billie Holiday, Perry Como); hybrid artists who moved among genres and combined them (Peggy Lee, Mel Torme); the leading men and women of Broadway and Hollywood (Ethel Merman, Al Jolson); yesterday's vaudeville and radio stars (Sophie Tucker, Eddie Cantor); and today's cabaret artists and hit-makers (Diana Krall, Michael Buble). Friedwald has also written extended pieces on the most representative artists of five significant genres that lie outside the songbook: Bessie Smith (blues), Mahalia Jackson (gospel), Hank Williams (country and western), Elvis Presley (rock ǹ' roll), and Bob Dylan (folk-rock)." "Friedwald reconsiders the personal stories and professional successes and failures of all these artists, their songs, and their performances, appraising both the singes and their music by balancing his opinions with those of fellow musicians, listeners, and critics."--Book jacket
Biography type
collective biography
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
  • 782.42164/092/2/73
  • B
Index
no index present
LC call number
ML102.J3
LC item number
F75 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
Label
A biographical guide to the great jazz and pop singers, Will Friedwald
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
ocn458892544
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xiii, 811 p.
Isbn
9780375421495
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2009044405
System control number
(OCoLC)458892544
Label
A biographical guide to the great jazz and pop singers, Will Friedwald
Publication
Control code
ocn458892544
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xiii, 811 p.
Isbn
9780375421495
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2009044405
System control number
(OCoLC)458892544

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