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Swing, That Modern Sound by Kenneth J. Bindas

If you enjoy swing music, then this is certainly a winner of a book to have in your home library for reference. You will find Artie Shaw, Anita O"Day, Benny Goodman, and a host of characters that made swing really swing! This is 209 pages of information that is must reading about the era of swing music and its contributions. America invented swing.

Swing was Americas favorite for a decade then was overshadowed by bebop country and rhythm & blues. Swing was the music of the Great Depression.

Kenneth J. Bindas history professor at Kent State University has crafted a well-researched concise and enjoyable history of swing. He successfully captures and reveals the essence of swing music as a cultural event as a musical event and as an historical event. He defines who were the fans of swing what social structures made swing popular and possible what made it so acceptable to the mass of Americans in the era of the Great Depression 1930s and details why. The chapter "Swing's Low" explains the decline of swing.

I could feel this book talk to me with its subtle references and material not often found elsewhere a commentary on a great American musical era and what its weakness and greatness was and its appeal. I learned much that I had not read before concerning Benny Carter Teddy Wilson and Anita O"Day among many many others.

There is also solid attention given to class culture the movies Hollywood American writers and singers who had an influence in swing or were influenced by swing. References are made to: Tex Beneke Sidney Bechet Count Basie Bud Freeman Louis Armstrong Art Tatum Helen O"Connell Glenn Miller Pee Wee Russell Ella Fitzgerald Peggy Gilbert George Gershwin Lena Horn Peggy Lee Dinah Shore Deloros Reed Alice Whyte among others.

The notes section of this book has many facts that will amaze readers who thought they knew about swing and it is excellent information to have. The book has an insightful introduction with 6 long entertaining chapters.

SWING THAT MODERN SOUND will captivate you with its fact-filled story of the swing era in American music and it will delight all readers with its many comments and observations.

If you want to know about swing in America and how America invented swing for the world this is the book to read. Excellent.'If you enjoy swing music, then this is certainly a winner of a book to have in your home library for reference. You will find Artie Shaw, Anita O"Day, Benny Goodman, and a host of characters that made swing really swing! This is 209 pages of information that is must reading about the era of swing music and its contributions. America invented swing.

Additional Info

  • Book Title: Swing, That Modern Sound
  • Author: Kenneth J. Bindas
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Year Published: 2001
  • Book Type:: Fiction
  • ISBN: 1578063833
  • Rating: Five Stars
  • Number of Pages: 200
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