Artie Shaw, King of the Clarinet: His Life and Times by Tom Nolan

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By Tom Nolan

“The aspects of Shaw . . . are on the middle of . . . [this] compulsively readable biography.”—Daniel Akst, Wall road Journal

During America’s Swing period, no musician was once extra profitable or arguable than Artie Shaw: the charismatic and opinionated clarinetist-bandleader whose dozens of hits grew to become anthems for “the maximum generation.” yet a few of his most pretty recordings weren't issued till a long time after he’d left the scene. He broke racial limitations through hiring African American musicians. His common “retirements” earned him a name because the Hamlet of jazz. And he surrender enjoying for stable on the top of his powers. The good-looking Shaw had seven other halves (including Lana Turner and Ava Gardner). Inveterate reader and writer of 3 books, he befriended the best-known writers of his time.

Tom Nolan, who interviewed Shaw among 1990 and his loss of life in 2004 and spoke with 100 of his colleagues and contemporaries, captures Shaw and his period with candor and sympathy, bringing the grasp to vibrant lifestyles and restoring him to his rightful position in jazz historical past. initially released in hardcover lower than the identify Three Chords for Beauty's Sake.

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