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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 )

23 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and held by 2,502 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
Weather bird : jazz at the dawn of its second century by Gary Giddins( )

17 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 2,027 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( Book )

43 editions published between 1986 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,843 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
Jazz by Gary Giddins( Book )

28 editions published between 2009 and 2015 in English and held by 1,681 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
Bing Crosby by Gary Giddins( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the rise of Bing Crosby from his early successes as a radio star to his initial foray into Hollywood
Riding on a blue note : jazz and American pop by Gary Giddins( Book )

29 editions published between 1981 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,185 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 )

23 editions published between 1985 and 2000 in English and held by 1,152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays consider the work of Sarah Vaughan, Teddy Wilson, Tony Bennett, Roy Eldridge, Lester Young, Joe Turner, Art Pepper, Sonny Stitt, Woody Herman, Wynton Marsalis, and Frank Sinatra
Satchmo : the genius of Louis Armstrong by Gary Giddins( )

11 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in English and held by 1,036 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
Satchmo by Gary Giddins( Book )

19 editions published between 1988 and 1998 in 3 languages and held by 920 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Natural selection : Gary Giddins on comedy, film, music, and books by Gary Giddins( Book )

7 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 726 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)
Celebrating Bird : the triumph of Charlie Parker by Gary Giddins( Visual )

27 editions published between 1987 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 678 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 )

7 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 629 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author explores more than 200 films, classics and neglected gems
Make way for tomorrow( Visual )

5 editions published between 2009 and 2015 in English and held by 615 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this "enormously moving Depression-era depiction of the frustrations of family, aging, and the generation gap"... "an elderly couple must move in with their adult children after the bank takes their home, yet end up separated and subject to their ofspring's selfish whims."--Container
Satchmo : Louis Armstrong by Louis Armstrong( Visual )

26 editions published between 1989 and 2011 in English and held by 575 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
The seventh seal by Ingmar Bergman( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in Swedish and held by 564 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The title of Bergman's allegorical film refers to God's book of secrets locked by seven seals. Only after breaking the seventh seal will the mystery of life be revealed. Antonius Blok, a 14th-century knight, returns home after a decade of crusading in the Holy Land. He finds his land ravaged by plague and the people given over to flagellation and witch-hunting. Tormented by religious doubt, the knight is suddenly confronted by the implacable figure of Death who informs him that his demise is imminent. Unable to accept this sentence in a state of spiritual uncertainty, the knight challenges Death to a game of chess. Shot in only 35 days, Bergman's morality tale dpeicts the cruelty as well the nobility of medieval life in images derived from early church paintings. (Circulates)
Bing Crosby : a pocketful of dreams : the early years, 1903-1940 by Gary Giddins( Book )

12 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in English and held by 444 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the life of entertainer Bing Crosby, focusing on his early films, his musical career, and his radio music programs
City lights by Charlie Chaplin( Visual )

15 editions published between 1931 and 2013 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 406 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The most cherished film by Charlie Chaplin is also his ultimate Little Tramp chronicle. The writer-director-star achieved new levels of grace, in both physical comedy and dramatic poignancy, with this silent tale of a lovable vagrant falling for a young blind woman who sells flowers on the street and mistakes him for a millionaire. Though this Depression-era smash was made after the advent of sound, Chaplin remained steadfast in his love for the expressive beauty of the pre-talkie form
La dolce vita( Visual )

8 editions published between 1960 and 2014 in Italian and held by 404 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The biggest hit from the most popular Italian filmmaker of all time, the film rocketed Federico Fellini to international mainstream success, ironically, by offering a damning critique of the culture of stardom. A look at the darkness beneath the seductive lifestyles of Rome's rich and glamorous; the film follows a notorious celebrity journalist during a hectic week spent on the peripheries of the spotlight
A moment's notice : portraits of American jazz musicians by Carol Friedman( Book )

5 editions published in 1983 in English and Undetermined and held by 381 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Faces in the crowd : players and writers by Gary Giddins( Book )

8 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 366 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
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Weather bird : jazz at the dawn of its second century
Weather bird : jazz at the dawn of its second centuryCelebrating Bird : the triumph of Charlie ParkerJazzBing CrosbyRiding on a blue note : jazz and American popRhythm-a-ning : jazz tradition and innovation in the '80sSatchmo : the genius of Louis ArmstrongSatchmo
Alternative Names
Gary Giddins American director and writer

Gary Giddins Amerikaans filmregisseur

Gary Giddins réalisateur américain

Gary Giddins regista statunitense

Gary Giddins US-amerikanischer Jazzautor

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