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Three Chords for Beauty's Sake: The Life of Artie Shaw

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For his centennial, an indispensable biography of Artie Shaw, the legendary big-band leader, virtuoso clarinetist, and renegade in music and romance.

During America’s Swing Era, no musician was more successful or controversial than Artie Shaw: the charismatic and opinionated clarinetist-bandleader whose dozens of hits became anthems for “the greatest generation.” But some o

ebook, 430 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc. (first published 2010)
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At first found the whole tone a bit abrasive and overly exaggerated, but once I realized this was essentially a projection of the way Artie Shaw spoke and acted, I was pulled along by just how interesting this man was. Largely a compilation of quotes and dialogue from Artie and those who knew him, well and not so well, and I liked that because it wasn't just one side of the story, it was the story from all angles, near, far, close-up, and in the overlaps you developed a sense of what the essence ...more
Good bio of a fascinating personality. Artie Shaw was a musician's musician. A virtuoso. A man of very high intellect. A legendary woman's man who was married eight times. Among his wives were Lana Turner and Ava Gardner. WOW! I heard interviews with him on WKCR-FM several times in the ten or fifteen years before his death. The subject was always music and I always came away impressed by what he said and how he said it.

This bio does a good job of bringing that personality to the reader, includi
A nice portrait of a music man.
A jazz aficianado's text book. The life of the greatest clarinet player that ever lived (sorry Benny you weren't even close..) An in depth look at the great sidemen who played with him, and the Eight wives that had to put up with him.
Al Stoess
Great book! Comprehensive. Well done. As a self-styled expert on Artie Shaw, I learned a great deal and added to my knowledge of Shaw. A great musician, self-taught, but a person with many flaws. My favorite musician and band leader,
A remarkable biography of a remarkably unpleasant genius (well, OK, I guess unpleasantness in a genius is not really all that remarkable), made even more fun by swapping annotations with my jazz-loving son-in-law.
Jenn Estepp
May 01, 2010 Jenn Estepp marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
just the other day i was thinking about "the trouble with cinderella" and now comes news of a new shaw biography. this makes me more excited than it probably should.
I learned some thingd. Much was previous knowledge but in greater detail.
Difficult man, fascinating character. Decent biography.
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