Swing and Big-Band
Artie Shaw, King of the Clarinet
His Life and Times
Paperback ISBN: 0393340104
“The two sides of Shaw . . . are at the center of . . . [this] compulsively readable biography.
Paperback ISBN: 0679727922
A glimpse into Porter's complex life examines his homosexual affairs, his twenty-plus-year marriage to Linda Lee Thomas, and his Broadway and Hollywood successes from "Anything Goes" to "Kiss Me, Kate."
Mr. Leedy and the House of Wonder
The Story of the World's Finest Drums
Paperback ISBN: 1574242342
A traveling drummer from 19th-century Ohio, Ulysses Grant Leedy settled in Indianapolis and built the House of Wonder - a factory that set the standard for all drum companies to follow. This book takes readers inside Leedy's world: his people, his designs, and the growth of his amazing enterprise.
Rat Pack Confidential
Frank, Dean, Sammy, Peter, Joey, & the Last Great Showbiz Party
Paperback ISBN: 0385495765
Describes the personal and professional highs and lows of the performers known as the "Rat Pack" during the peak of their popularity in the 1960s
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.