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From 1934 to 1954 and beyond, Bing Crosby utterly dominated American entertainment. Nobody had the the impact on radio or television that Crosby did; nor did anybody have as many hit records and his rise in Hollywood was unprecedented. In A Pocketful of Dreams, the first volume of the definitive Crosby biography, award-winning music critic Gary Giddins chronicles the ascension of Bing's career. From his early days in college minstrel shows and vaudeville, to his first hit recordings; from his eleven-year triumph as star of America's most popular radio show, to his first success in Hollywood teaming up with Bob Hope, Giddins provides the most detailed study yet of the rise of an American star. Bing Crosby reflected the aspirations and fears of America itself, and reinvented himself like no star before him ever had. His influence extended to Sinatra and Elvis, and far beyond. Published to coincide with the author's extensive partcipation in Ken Burns' 18-hour PBS documentary Jazz, A Pocketful of Dreams recaptures one of the richest chapters of American history, and firmly reclaims Crosby's place in it.
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Giddins lays the groundwork solidly, with pages of rigorous analysis not only of Crosby's family history and early career, but of every recording and film made by the unlikely idol... Move over Elvis, Crosby was king? If anyone can make you believe it, Giddins can. (SCOTSMAN)
Gary Giddins may be the best thing to happen to Bing Crosby since Bob Hope...Crosby couldn't have hoped for a finer biographer: elegant writer, informed historian, thorough scholar and one of America's most eminent jazz critics. (WALL STREET JOURNAL)
Gary Giddins has performed a great service in tracking Crosby's life and career so scrupulously...A masterly performance. (NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW)
From one of today's most important music critics comes volume one of the first landmark biography of Bing Crosby, the most influential figure in the rise of American pop culture.
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Book Description Little, Brown & Company. PB. Condition: New. A best-selling, highly acclaimed biography about the man who practically invented modern pop singing. Giddins drew on hundreds of interviews and had unprecedented access to numerous archives to cover Crosby's life in detail including his early alcoholism and marriage to actress Dixie Lee, and his fabulous ascent to stardom 1927-1935. Illustrated with b/w photos. Seller Inventory # LSep5-16 MU003A
Book Description Little, Brown & Company, United States, 2002. Paperback. Condition: New. Reprint. Language: English. Brand new Book. In A POCKET FULL OF DREAMS, the first volume of THE definitive Crosby biography, award-winning music critic Gary Giddins chronicles the ascension of Bing's career. From his early days in college minstrel shows and vaudeville, to his first hit recordings, from his 11-year triumph as star of America's most popular radio show, to his first success in Hollywood teaming up with Bob Hope, Giddins provides the most detailed study yet of the rise of an American star. Seller Inventory # BZE9780316886451
Book Description Little, Brown and Company, New York, 2001. Softcover. Condition: New. First Edition. Bay Back Books Edition. 128 pages. Softcover. New book. BIOGRAPHY. Draws on hundreds of interviews and unprecedented access to numerous archives as he brings Bing Crosby, his work, and his world to vivid life - and firmly reclaims Crosby's central role in American cultural history. "This is, quite simply, the best-researched, best-written, most entertaining music biography I've read." - Merrill Noden, Mojo. (Key Words: Bing Crosby, Biography, Singers, Victor Young, Paul Whiteman, Vaudeville, Rudy Vallee, Shirley Temple, Karl Struss, Mack Sennett, Richard Rodgers, Alton Rinker, Prohibition, Paramont Pictures, William S. Paley, Movies, Johnny Mercer, Marx Brothers, Guy Lombardo, Eddie Lang, Al Jolson, Jazz, Bob Hope, William Randolph Hearst, Ferde Grofe, W. C. Fields, Tommy Dorsey, Decca Records, Dixie Crosbie, Gary Cooper, Coconut Grove,George Burns, Irving Berlin, Harry Barris, Louis Armstrong). book. Seller Inventory # 12233X1
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