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The Big Bands

The Big Bands The definitive volume on the sounds of swing is back with the complete story of hundreds of bands bandleaders vocalists and instrumentalists

  • Title: The Big Bands
  • Author: George T. Simon
  • ISBN: 9780028724300
  • Page: 209
  • Format: Paperback
  • The definitive volume on the sounds of swing is back, with the complete story of hundreds of bands, bandleaders, vocalists and instrumentalists.

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    1. TONS of really great information here about the bands of the 30's and 40's and how they operated. Simon's knowledge gained as a writer for Metronome allows him to write at great length and with great accuracy about almost any band you can think of that would have played in the 30's and 40's, and even into the 50's. My only gripe here is in the organization. The author's encyclopedic knowledge is presented, well, like an encyclopedia. Past the first 1/3 of this book, he basically goes through an [...]


    2. A kick. Covers scads of swing-era musicians, including some who would range from obscure to forgotten. Written with lots of flair and opinion, yet seems quite fair even to people the author didn't much like. Several retrospective articles at the end of the book . . . Artie Shaw, Bennie Goodman, Harry James, etc. 30 years after the peak of the big-band era.Am listening to lots of big-band stuff and have been going back to the book over and over. Alas, the library will want it back one of these da [...]


    3. This book is more of a reference work than a "good read," but it's of great interest if one wishes to learn more about the big bands of the swing era, 1936-1947. Simon was a reviewer for Metronome Magazine during the time indicated, so he has a very informed point of view, knowing many of the individuals about whom he writes personally. I'll be consulting this one a lot as I learn more about this amazing period in music.


    4. This truly is the definitive guide to the music of the big bands written by a man who worked in the music industry during that era. George Simon knew the musicians that he wrote about. A nice discography is included for the record collectors.


    5. I read this book a little bit at a time. If you are interested in the Big Band era of jazz,you can't do better than this book. There is a history (at times breif) of all the major big bands (and some of the also rans). This is truly an excellent reference book!



    6. This is a fabulous book for anyone who is fascinated by the music of the Big Band era! I found it tremendously informative.



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