Swing, Swing, Swing: The LifeTimes of Benny Goodman



Swing, Swing, Swing: The LifeTimes of Benny GoodmanBefore Elvis Presley And Rock N Roll, Another King Ruled The Roost Of American Popular Music His Name Was Benny Goodman And His Domain, The Gilded Age Of Swing Benny S Concerts, Records, And Radio Shows Catapulted The Hot And Controversial Sounds Of Jazz Into The Hearts And Homes Of A Hungry Public Swing, Swing, Swing At Once Illustrates Goodman S Enormous Impact On American Music And Culture, Reflects The Rich Textures Of The Times In Which He Lived, And Evokes The Very Private Life Of A Complicated, Difficult Man Raised In A Tenement In Chicago S Maxwell Street Ghetto, He Grew Up To Become The Symbol Of Glamorous High Society Living Benny S Undeniable Position As Social Groundbreaker His Were The Nation S First Racially Integrated Bands Was Characteristically Downplayed By The Man Himself He Simply Wanted The Finest Musicians He Could Find Here Are The Sounds And Stories That Define The Remarkable Life Of The World S Most Demanding And Idiosyncratic Band Leader The Violent Clashes Between His Smiling Public Persona And His Intensely Private Nature The Infamous Goodman Ray No Musician Who Played With Benny Escaped Its Wrath The Conflicting Stories Of Goodman S Parsimony And His Largess These Stories And Many Paint A Vibrant Portrait Of A Truly Original, Undeniably American Artist

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  • Paperback
  • 522 pages
  • Swing, Swing, Swing: The LifeTimes of Benny Goodman
  • Ross Firestone
  • English
  • 06 January 2018
  • 0393311686

10 thoughts on “Swing, Swing, Swing: The LifeTimes of Benny Goodman

  1. Terri says:

    No gal made, has got a shade on sweet Georgia BrownTwo left feet but oh so neat, has sweet Georgia BrownThey all sigh and wanna cry for sweet Georgia BrownI ll tell you just why, you know I don t lie, not much It was 1920, when eleven year old Benyamin Goodman first picked up the instrument in a run down Chicago tenement Benjamin David Goldman was the ninth of twelve children born to Jewish Russian immigrant parents, would of course become jazz legend Benny Goodman He would perform some No gal made, has got a shade on sweet Georgia BrownTwo left feet but oh so neat, has sweet Georgia BrownThey all sigh and wanna cry for sweet Georgia BrownI ll tell you just why, you know I don t lie, not much It was 1920, when eleven year old Benyamin Goodman first picked up the instrument in a run down Chicago tenement Benjamin David Goldman was the ninth of twelve children born to Jewish Russian immigrant parents, would of course become jazz legend Benny Goodman He would perform some of the greatest music of the big band or any other era This is a very good biography of the genius Benny Goodman, the eloquent clarinetist who was proclaimed the King of Swing When he was just twenty one, his dance band suddenly soared to fame in the mid 1930 s and he epitomized an era in popular American music.This insightful and well researched book explains that one of the reasons he was so extraordinary on the clarinet is that he was an extreme perfectionist and very demanding of himself Growing up in poverty and living in a tough neighborhood, he knew he would have to support himself at a very young age He also wanted to get out of his Maxwell Street neighborhood where he reported that a big Irish kid was always waiting to pound his head in He practiced for hours and hours every day as a young teen At twelve he was winning talent contests At fourteen, he was supporting himself as a musician just starting to wear long pants and he played in the early dance bands When he was nineteen years old, his father was killed in a street car accident and it was the biggest tragedy of his life Money problems and depression followed and he became famous for being a nightmare to work for as a band leader He had such exacting standards on his musicians and always wanted them to look perfect on stage Henry James said That Benny Goodman would practice 15 timesthan the rest of his band He played the clarinet purely and his fans felt that his music was coming from him not the instrument He was quoted as saying People have often said to me, You re so relaxed when you play Relaxed my elbow It s practice After becoming famous, Benny married a high society girl and started a family He traveled non stop and later in life, he developed back problems and became addicted to pain killers He became evendifficult to work and live with What I like about the book is the author lets you know that Benny Goodman turned out to be haunted by his past, his addiction and gives you an understanding just why his behavior became bizarre.He was also famous for becoming the first major music figure to put black and white musicians together on stage in the 1930 s He said If a guy s got it, let him give it I m selling music, not prejudice I learned that he and the band played in Russia at the height of the cold war in the 1962 which made him an international ambassador for the United States through music Benny Goodman died in his Manhattan apartment after an apparent heart attack He was 77 and still practicing for a Mozart concert He also played classical music like a dream which was something I didn t realize He gave music character and style and remains one of the greatest contributors to music I gave this biography four stars

  2. Daniel Mcbrearty says:

    As a young clarinettist, BG s recordings captured my attention from a young age Back then I also became aware of his reputation as King Of Swing and also of his importance as one of the first American bandleaders to feature both black and white musicians in his band Other than this, I didn t know so much about him And so, I was happy to pick up this thorough and well researched bio.What mostly emerged for me was how tough musicians of this era had to be in order to survive Benny s came fro As a young clarinettist, BG s recordings captured my attention from a young age Back then I also became aware of his reputation as King Of Swing and also of his importance as one of the first American bandleaders to feature both black and white musicians in his band Other than this, I didn t know so much about him And so, I was happy to pick up this thorough and well researched bio.What mostly emerged for me was how tough musicians of this era had to be in order to survive Benny s came from a close knit but extremely poor Chicago Jewish family, and it is clear that music was very much an escape from that Even before his becoming a superstar and he very much was one , as an active and respected session man in the 30 s, he was already able to provide a living for his parents which must have been beyond their wildest expectations How they would have felt about his later fortune is not recorded, but one can guess.Benny was clearly a complex character capable both of legendary meanness the anecdote about him eating an apple belonging to one of his musicians while watching him take a solo is priceless and shy generosity No doubt the mental scars caused by his early poverty played a part in this But he was also a wonderful artist I have a preference for his later work to theknown swing era stuff, but it s all great , and this book is a very interesting account of the tough realities of the legendary Swing era and the development of pre Civil Rights Era American society in general

  3. David says:

    A sympathetic biography but not a whitewash by any means The many quirks and personality flaws for which Goodman was disliked or even hated by some are revealed and discussed and, while not excused, are explainedthe man was such a perfectionist that he often forgot about the needs and feelings of others And yes, he apparently sometimes surrendered to egomania Still, his actions may not have been all that different from those of many other single minded persons, let alone geniuses.Tha A sympathetic biography but not a whitewash by any means The many quirks and personality flaws for which Goodman was disliked or even hated by some are revealed and discussed and, while not excused, are explainedthe man was such a perfectionist that he often forgot about the needs and feelings of others And yes, he apparently sometimes surrendered to egomania Still, his actions may not have been all that different from those of many other single minded persons, let alone geniuses.That this biography was written so soon after Goodman s death allowed Firestone to interview many persons who knew Goodman in a wide variety of ways It s clear from these personal assessments that mixed feelings were commonsome expressed resentment or dislike on one hand while admiring Goodman s abilities and the results he accomplished Perhaps an analogy is the way one often feels about a much disliked teacher years after the factgee, it may have been painful, but I sure learned a lot and was better for it The organization of the book is clear and chapters usually are introduced with photos relevant to the period being discussed The author provides lots of information about sidemen and arrangers and their contributions to Goodman s bands and performances And, as you might expect, the music is always front and center It s been great fun for me to listen to the music as I read thank you, YouTube and doing that slowed down the reading process, but who cares The author cites many records and later, after long playing albums, compilations recorded at different times with different mixes of musicians, so one can be immersed in BG for a LONG time

  4. Kat says:

    This was a super cool biography it focused what it was like to be a musician during world war 2 and how swing music was a form of rebellion in nazi germany as well as his own life.

  5. Chuck McIlhenny says:

    Thorough, detailed warts and all biography of the King of Swing Certainly a reminder of the great music he brought us.

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