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Giddins, Gary

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Most widely held works by Gary Giddins
Visions of jazz : the first century by Gary Giddins( Book )

16 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and held by 1,652 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Combining criticism, biography, history, anecdote, and musicology with unfailing insight and wit, Visions of Jazz is a provocative journey through a hundred years of American music."--Jacket
Bing Crosby : a pocketful of dreams by Gary Giddins( Book )

10 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 1,629 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the rise of Bing Crosby from his early successes as a radio star to his initial foray into Hollywood
Jazz by Gary Giddins( Book )

16 editions published between 2009 and 2015 in English and held by 1,608 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

History of jazz that explains what jazz is, where it came from, and who created it and why, all within the broader context of American life and culture. Emphasizing its African American roots, Jazz traces the history of the music over the last hundred years. From ragtime and blues to the international craze for swing, from the heated protests of the avant-garde to the radical diversity of today's artists, Jazz describes the travails and triumphs of musical innovators struggling for work, respect, and cultural acceptance set against the backdrop of American history, commerce, and politics. With vibrant photographs by legendary jazz chronicler Herman Leonard, Jazz is also an arresting visual history of a century of music
Riding on a blue note : jazz and American pop by Gary Giddins( Book )

21 editions published between 1981 and 2000 in 3 languages and held by 1,149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eerder in "The Village voice" verschenen kritieken, voornamelijk over jazz
Rhythm-a-ning : jazz tradition and innovation in the '80s by Gary Giddins( Book )

16 editions published between 1985 and 2000 in English and held by 1,096 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Celebrating Bird : the triumph of Charlie Parker by Gary Giddins( Book )

33 editions published between 1986 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,093 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Masters of American music series"--Jacket. Includes bibliography and discography. A biography of the American jazz musician focusing on his life and style of music
Satchmo by Louis Armstrong( Book )

15 editions published between 1988 and 1998 in 3 languages and held by 975 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In all my whole career the Brick House was one of the toughest joints I ever played in. It was the honky-tonk where levee workers would congregate every Saturday night and trade with the gals who'd stroll up and down the floor and the bar. Those guys would drink and fight one another like circle saws. Bottles would come flying over the bandstand like crazy, and there was lots of just plain common shooting and cutting. But somehow all that jive didn't faze me at all, I was so happy to have some place to blow my horn." So says Louis Armstrong, a tough kid who just happened to be a musical genius, about one of the places where he performed and grew up. This raucous, rich tale of his early days in New Orleans concludes with his departure to Chicago at twenty-one to play with his boyhood idol King Oliver, and tells the story of a life that began, mythically, on July 4, 1900, in the city that sowed the seeds of jazz [Publisher description]
Weather bird : jazz at the dawn of its second century by Gary Giddins( Book )

15 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 761 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Weather Bird is a companion volume to Visions of Jazz. In this collection of essays, reviews and articles, Giddins brings together, for the first time, more than 140 pieces written over a 14-year period, most of them for his column in the Village Voice (also called "Weather Bird"). The book is first and foremost a celebration of jazz, with illuminating commentary on contemporary jazz events, on today's top musicians, on the best records of the year, and on leading figures from jazz's past."--Résumé de l'éditeur
Celebrating Bird the triumph of Charlie Parker by Gary Giddins( Visual )

26 editions published between 1987 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 746 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Parker, a virtuoso saxophonist, nicknamed Bird, created a new style of jazz before his death at 34, and won equal fame as the king of the hipsters. Parker's life is traced from Kansas City, Kansas where he was born in 1920, to his ascendancy as a pioneer in the New York jazz scene of the 1950's. Features film clips, silent footage, and interviews with Rebecca Parker Davis, Leonard Feather, Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Haynes, Jay McShann, Frank Morgan, Chan Parker, and Roy Porter
Warning shadows : home alone with classic cinema by Gary Giddins( Book )

4 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 658 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In his illuminating new work, Gary Giddins explores the evolution of film, from the first moving pictures and peepshows to the digital era of DVDs and online video-streaming. New technologies have changed our experience of cinema forever; we have peeled away from the crowded theater to be home alone with classic cinema. Recounting the technological developments that films have undergone, Warning Shadows travels through time and across genres to explore the impact of the industry's most famous classics and forgotten gems. Essays such as "Houdini Escapes! From the Vaults! Of the Past!," "Edward G. Robinson, See," and "Prestige and Pretension (Pride and Prejudice)" capture the wit and magic of classic cinema. Each chapter--ranging from the horror films of Hitchcock to the fantastical frames of Disney--provides readers with engaging analyses of influential films and the directors and actors who made them possible.--From publisher description
Make way for tomorrow( Visual )

2 editions published between 2009 and 2015 in English and held by 583 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this 'enormously moving Depression-era depiction of the frustrations of family, aging, and the generation gap' [-- Container], an elderly couple must move in with their adult children when they lose their home
The seventh seal by Ingmar Bergman( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in Swedish and held by 503 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Antonius Block is a knight, who along with his squire, are returning home from the crusades. Black Death is sweeping their country. As they approach home, Death appears to the knight and tells him it is his time. Antonius challenges Death to a chess game for his life. Antonius and Death play as the cultural turmoil envelopes the people around them as they try, in different ways, to deal with the upheaval that the plague has caused
Natural selection : Gary Giddins on comedy, film, music, and books by Gary Giddins( Book )

6 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 444 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The range of topics is spellbinding. Writing with insight, humor, and a famously deft touch, he offers sharp-edged perspectives on such diverse subjects as Federico Fellini and Jean Renoir, Norman Mailer and Ralph Ellison, Marlon Brando and Groucho Marx, Duke Ellington and Bob Dylan, horror and noir, the cartoon version of Animal Farm and the comic book series Classics Illustrated . Giddins brings to criticism an uncommon ability, long demonstrated in his music writing, to address in very few words an entire career, so that we get an in-depth portrait of the artist beyond the film, book, or recording under review" -- publisher website (March 2007)
A moment's notice : portraits of American jazz musicians by Carol Friedman( Book )

4 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 407 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Satchmo Louis Armstrong by Louis Armstrong( Visual )

11 editions published between 1989 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 406 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With over a dozen of his classic performances ranging from 1932 to the late sixties, Satchmo includes excerpts from Pennies from Heaven, Betty Boop cartoon, Going places, Jam session, New Orleans with Billie Holiday, High Society with Bing Crosby, and Hello Dolly with Barbra Streisand. Also included are live concerts with Dizzy Gillespie, and Jack Teagarden and the All Stars. The film also presents on-camera interviews with Arvell Shaw, Tony Bennett, Wynton Marsalis, Dave Brubeck and other musicians
Bing Crosby : a pocketful of dreams : the early years, 1903-1940 by Gary Giddins( Book )

13 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in English and held by 380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the life of entertainer Bing Crosby, focusing on his early films, his musical career, and his radio music programs
Faces in the crowd : players and writers by Gary Giddins( Book )

8 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 372 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ranging from fond reflection to interview-and-commentary to close critical analysis, Giddins explores the achievements of 37 artists: show people, divas, musicians, and writers, ranging from Irving Berlin to Spike Lee, Billie Holiday to Kay Starr, Louis Armstrong to Miles Davis, Elias Canetti to Philip Roth
Satchmo : the genius of Louis Armstrong by Gary Giddins( Book )

9 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in English and held by 366 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong has been called the most influential musician of the twentieth century: His magnificent career as a trumpet player, singer, bandleader, and actor made him a legend in his own time; his influence on jazz and popular music is impossible to overstate. Gary Giddins has been called "the best jazz writer in America today" (Esquire). Together this auspicious pairing has resulted in Satchmo, one of the most vivid and insightful portraits ever drawn of the great man and superlative artist. Giddins was the first writer to have access to Armstrong's unpublished writings, and he uses them to deftly recount Louis's colorful - and sometimes controversial - life. The result is an intimate biography, uniquely balanced in its treatment of his music and his life. Also available in an illustrated edition, this is a vital introduction to the man and his genius."--Jacket
Jazz by Ken Burns( Visual )

6 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and held by 345 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jazz is born in New Orleans at the turn of the century emerging from several forms of music including ragtime, marching bands, work songs, spirituals, creole music, funeral parade music and above all, the blues. Musicians profiled here who advanced early jazz are Buddy Bolden, Jelly Roll Morton, Sidney Bechet, Freddie Keppard, and musicians of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band
Jazz by Ken Burns( Visual )

5 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and held by 325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From 1917 through 1924, the "Jazz Age" begins with speakeasies, flappers and easy money for some. The story of jazz becomes a tale of two cities, Chicago and New York, and of Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington, whose lives and music will span three-quarters of a century. This episode also follows the careers of jazz greats James Reese Europe, King Oliver, Willie Smith, Fletcher Henderson, Paul Whiteman and James P. Johnson
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Bing Crosby : a pocketful of dreams : the early years, 1903-1940
Alternative Names
Gary Giddins American director and writer

Gary Giddins regista statunitense

Gary Giddins US-amerikanischer Jazzautor

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Bing Crosby : a pocketful of dreamsJazzRiding on a blue note : jazz and American popRhythm-a-ning : jazz tradition and innovation in the '80sCelebrating Bird : the triumph of Charlie ParkerSatchmoWeather bird : jazz at the dawn of its second centuryWarning shadows : home alone with classic cinema