A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers
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.
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Review: A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop SingersUser Review - Steve Wheeler - Goodreads
This is a huge collection (over 800 double-columned pages) of opinionated, thought-provoking essays about jazz singers and pop singers who have sung the Great American Songbook. I've had fun reading ... Read full review
Review: A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop SingersUser Review - Ronald Wise - Goodreads
Whew! I'm finally done with the reading of this book, but the collateral listening has just begun. This “guide” is more like an encyclopedia of modern American music. Well, most of it is organized ... Read full review