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The Swing Book
by Degen Pener
Ten years ago a revival of swing took place, originating in San Francisco, snowballing into today's international resurgence. This book presents the complete history of swing music and dancing, then and now.
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Published June 27th 2009 by Back Bay Books
(first published November 4th 1999)
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The Swing Book is an interesting and useful resource on the history and contemporary revival of swing music, swing dancing and “swing culture”. It includes chapters on the history, major figures, dance moves, and fashion of swing. Especially interesting and helpful is the discussion of the history of swing dancing in chapter one, the extensive recommendations of albums by major swing singers, soloists and big bands in chapter four, and the discussion of swing style and fashion in chapter 6; or a ...more
The Swing Book is a fun, handy guide to all things swing from the origins early in the 20th century to the swing revival of the '90s. Degen Pener has even included chapters on swing dancing and swing fashion. I highly recommend this book for anyone with an interest in swing or who desires an introduction to its origins.