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Friedwald, Will 1961-

Works: 82 works in 230 publications in 3 languages and 7,995 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biographies  Popular music  Autobiographies  Jazz  Catalogs  Dictionaries  Bio-bibliography  Bibliographies  Discographies 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction, Editor, Production personnel, Producer, Interviewer, Contributor, Other, Commentator
Classifications: ML3508, B
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Will Friedwald
Jazz singing : America's great voices from Bessie Smith to Bebop and beyond by Will Friedwald( Book )

36 editions published between 1990 and 1996 in 3 languages and held by 1,284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of how jazz and blues gave birth to popular singing, examining the style of creative singers and why their music was influential
The good life by Tony Bennett( Book )

20 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 978 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The legendary singer and recording artist shares his life story including his many triumphs and tragedies
Stardust melodies : the biography of twelve of America's most popular songs by Will Friedwald( Book )

12 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and held by 909 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines twelve popular songs, providing a complete history of the song, including the circumstances under which it was written and performed, how the song became famous, and the lyrical and musical content of each song
Sinatra! the song is you : a singer's art by Will Friedwald( Book )

14 editions published between 1995 and 2018 in English and held by 824 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Friedwald argues that Sinatra's recordings in the two decades following his 1971 to 1973 retirement weren't as prolific or as consistent as his earlier work, despite a startling comeback that culminated in the 1990s with the platinum-selling Duets discs
A biographical guide to the great jazz and pop singers by Will Friedwald( Book )

5 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 541 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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." "The music crosses from jazz to pop and back again, from the songs of Irving Berlin and W.C. Handy through Stephen Sondheim and beyond, bringing together straightforward jazz and pop singers (Billie Holiday, Perry Como); hybrid artists who moved among genres and combined them (Peggy Lee, Mel Torme); the leading men and women of Broadway and Hollywood (Ethel Merman, Al Jolson); yesterday's vaudeville and radio stars (Sophie Tucker, Eddie Cantor); and today's cabaret artists and hit-makers (Diana Krall, Michael Buble). Friedwald has also written extended pieces on the most representative artists of five significant genres that lie outside the songbook: Bessie Smith (blues), Mahalia Jackson (gospel), Hank Williams (country and western), Elvis Presley (rock ǹ' roll), and Bob Dylan (folk-rock)." "Friedwald reconsiders the personal stories and professional successes and failures of all these artists, their songs, and their performances, appraising both the singes and their music by balancing his opinions with those of fellow musicians, listeners, and critics." "This magisterial reference book---ten years in the making---will delight and inform anyone with a passion for the iconic music of America, which continues to resonate throughout our popular culture."--Jacket
The great jazz and pop vocal albums by Will Friedwald( Book )

9 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 486 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Each of the fifty-seven albums discussed here captures the artist at a high point, if not at the expected moment, of her or his career. The individual cuts are evaluated, the sequencing explicated, the songs and songwriters heralded; anecdotes abound of how songs were born and how artists and producers collaborated. And in appraising each album, Friedwald balances his own opinions with those of musicians, listeners, and critics."--Dust jacket flap
The silver lining : the songs of Jerome Kern by Jerome Kern( Recording )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 483 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tony Bennett is joined by acclaimed pianist Bill Charlap in a tribute to one of the most important composers in twentieth century music. Included are some of Jerome Kern's most iconic songs including The Way You Look Tonight
The Warner Brothers cartoons by Will Friedwald( Book )

7 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 447 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The rantings and ravings of two enthusiastic young fans who, in an era before fanzines and web pages, wrote about the cartoons they loved in the spirit of their humor. -- From product description
Straighten up and fly right : the life and music of Nat King Cole by Will Friedwald( Book )

8 editions published in 2020 in English and held by 390 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"One of the most popular and memorable American musicians of the 20th century, Nat King Cole (1919-65) is remembered today as both a pianist and a singer, a feat rarely accomplished in the world of popular music. Now, in this complete life and times biography, author Will Friedwald offers a new take on this fascinating musician, framing him first as a bandleader and then as a star. In Cole's early phase, Friedwald explains, his primary task of keeping his trio going was just as much of a focus for him as his own playing and singing, always a collective or group performance. In the second act, Cole's collaborators were more likely to be arranger-conductors like Nelson Riddle and Gordon Jenkins, rather than his sidemen on bass and guitar. In the first act, his sidemen were equals, in the second phase, his collaborators were tasked exclusively with putting the focus on him, making him sound good, while being largely invisible themselves. Friedwald brings his full musical knowledge to bear in putting the man in the work, demonstrating how this duality appears over and over again in Cole's life and career: jazz vs. pop, solo vs. trio, piano vs. voice, wife number one (Nadine) vs. wife number two (Maria), the good songs vs. the less-than-good songs, the rhythm numbers vs. the ballads, the funny songs and novelties vs. the "serious" songs of love and loss, Cole as an advocate for the Great American Songbook vs. Cole the intrepid explorer of other options: world music, rhythm & blues, country & western. Cole was different from his contemporaries in other ways; for roughly ten years after the war, the majority of hitmakers on the pop charts were veterans of the big band experience, from Sinatra on down"--
Warner Bros. animation art : the characters, the creators, the limited editions by Jerry Beck( Book )

12 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 332 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Published to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the Warner Bros. Studios, this album features authentic animation art of everyone's favorite characters. More than 300 color illustrations trace the evolution of the uniquely American art form through the development and growth of the Warner Bros
Looney tunes and merrie melodies : a complete illustrated guide to the Warner Bros. Cartoons by Jerry Beck( Book )

9 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The future of jazz by Will Friedwald( Book )

5 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 268 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Jazz is now 100 years old, a venerable American institution predicated on the unpredictable. But recent signs - ranging from Ken Burn's documentary Jazz: A History of America's Music to the dominance of reissues of jazz over new recordings - have made many question whether jazz's past has now become more important than its future, or whether jazz has any future at all. In this book, composed entirely via e-mail, 10 leading jazz critics take on the various issues surrounding jazz's future - the dominance of mainstream jazz, its spread around the world, the difficulty of making a living playing it, the growth of repertory jazz, the dearth of interest among young African Americans, the paradoxically backward-looking nature of the avant-garde, and many others. Their conclusions are as surprising, witty, and edgy as the music itself."--Jacket
The great American songbook : live at Michael's Pub by Mel Tormé( Recording )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 170 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Program notes by Will Friedwald (7 p.) inserted in container
Ages by Lorraine Feather( Recording )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The original songs on Lorraine Feather's eighth album range from the hilarious to the heartrending, covering a wide range of subjects including marriage, death, B vitamins, grammar school, and other commentaries on life
Warner Bros. animation art : the characters, the creators, the limited editions by Jerry Beck( Visual )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

16 most requested songs by Johnnie Ray( Recording )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Playboy swings : how Hugh Hefner and Playboy changed the face of music by Patty Farmer( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Playboy--the magazine, the empire, the lifestyle--is one of the world's best-known brands. Since the launch of Playboy magazine in 1953, two elements have been remarkably consistent: the first, obviously, is the celebration of nubile, female flesh. The second, readers may be surprised to learn, is Playboy's involvement in the music scene. The Playboy experience was never just about sex but about lifestyle. Music--particularly the finest jazz, a personal passion of Hefner's--has always been an essential component of that lifestyle. - Provided by publisher
The great jazz vocalists sing the Gershwin songbook by George Gershwin( Recording )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Warner Bros. secrets et tradition de l'animation : les personnages, les créateurs, les éditions limitées by Jerry Beck( Book )

4 editions published in 1998 in French and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Judy : [original motion picture soundtrack] by Judy Garland( Visual )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Along with her many performances on screen, Renee Zellweger duets with Sam Smith and Rufus Wainwright on the soundtrack to the acclaimed biopic about Judy Garland
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The good life
The good lifeStardust melodies : the biography of twelve of America's most popular songsSinatra! the song is you : a singer's artA biographical guide to the great jazz and pop singersWarner Bros. animation art : the characters, the creators, the limited editionsThe future of jazz
Alternative Names
Will Friedwald American music critic

Will Friedwald Amerikaans journalist

Will Friedwald amerikai újságíró, zenekritikus, 1961-

Will Friedwald US-amerikanischer Musikkritiker

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English (144)

French (4)

German (1)