Jazz History and Criticism
My Life in New Orleans
Paperback ISBN: 0306802767
”In all my whole career the Brick House was one of the toughest joints I ever played in. It was the honky-tonk where levee workers would congregate every Saturday night and trade with the gals who’d stroll up and down the floor and the bar. Those guys would drink and fight one another like circle saws. Bottles would come flying over the bandstand like crazy, and there was lots of just plain common shooting and cutting. But somehow all that jive didn’t faze me at all, I was so happy to have some place to blow my horn.” So says Louis Armstrong, a tough kid who just happened to be a musical genius, about one of the places where he performed and grew up. This raucous, rich tale of his early days in New Orleans concludes with his departure to Chicago at twenty-one to play with his boyhood idol King Oliver, and tells the story of a life that began, mythically, on July 4, 1900, in the city that sowed the seeds of jazz.
Can't Be Satisfied
The Life and Times of Muddy Waters
Paperback ISBN: 0316164941
Drawn from in-depth research and detailed interviews, an authoritative biography of the father of modern blues details his turbulent life, from the cotton fields of rural Mississippi to his extraordinary rise to success, forever changing the music industry. Reprint. 18,000 first printing.
Jazz on Record
The First Sixty Years
Hardcover ISBN: 0879307552
Jazz historian Yanow comments on recordings of jazz music composed or performed between 1895 and 1975. His descriptions are categorized by era first and artist second. Alongside the discussion of recordings are evaluations of artists' careers and their contributions to music. Yanow is not shy about sharing his opinion, and his enthusiasm for the music is often front and center. His knowledge and coverage are relatively comprehensive. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Collaborating With Kerouac
Hardcover ISBN: 1560253622
The distinguished composer provides an insider's profile of his friend and collaborator Jack Kerouac, illuminating the private side of a man whose work came to symbolize the spirit of a generation and offering a look at Kerouac's work, his diverse interests, and the colorful world of 1950s Greenwich Village.
Third Ear-The Essential Listening Companion
Paperback ISBN: 0879306009
Written by one of jazz journalism's best and most knowledgeable critics, this book explores the full swing spectrum from its origins in the 1920s through its current retro resurgence. Features intriguing capsule biographies of 400 of the best musicians, from classic artists like Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman to retro swingers such as the Brian Setzer Orchestra and Lavay Smith and the Red Hot Skillet Lickers, with each artist's most notable CDs reviewed and rated, plus info on film appearances, books, and hard-to-find recordings. Includes insightful essays that explore this music's cultural impact, fun photos and swing memorabilia.