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Tommy Dorsey: Livin' in a Great Big Way, A Biography

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Swing has never gone out of style. It was the music the Greatest Generation danced to--and went to war to. And no musician evokes the Big Band era more strikingly than Tommy Dorsey, whose soaring trombone play and hit tunes influenced popular music for a generation. Tommy Dorsey (1905-1956) led a rich and complex life. Beginning with his childhood in the coal mining towns ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 7th 2006 by Da Capo Press (first published November 18th 1999)
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Christina
Very, very thoroughly researched. I learned far too much about the members of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, but man, do I know his music now!
Buddy Don
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nice read, especially following George T. Simon's "Big Bands." I recently bought some used vinyl with lots of swing, so the topic was more interesting than it otherwise would have been. The music is great, and this book gives a good idea how it came about, though I never felt I got to know Tommy Dorsey all that well. Seems to me no one did, so they spoke of him as if he were a puzzle. I guess some people are like that. I hadn't realized his similarities to Sinatra and Buddy Rich, really remarkab ...more
Chris D.
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very well researched book that was well balanced. The reader will find out what made Dorsey well respected as a musician and not well liked as a person.
M.E. Logan
An era gone by and no one to take his place.
Jonathan Frankel
Feb 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very nice read - covered his career nicely. Not much else to say here.
David
Sep 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves Big Band music
Shelves: biography, history
Well-researched and a joy to read.
Patrick Macke
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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before there was Sinatra, there was Dorsey; flawed, driven, ego-centric, all-business ... what a great era to be alive with that big-band soundtrack
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Peter James Levinson was born on July 1, 1934, in Atlantic City and graduated from the University of Virginia, where he began writing about jazz artists and producing jazz concerts. He continued to produce concerts while serving in the Army in Korea. He then took a job as a music publicist with Columbia Records, after a brief stint as a freelance writer.

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