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Leader of the Band: The Life of Woody Herman

Leader of the Band: The Life of Woody Herman (Paperback, New edition)

By Lees, Gene

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Woody Herman was a central figure in the development of jazz - a musical giant whose career spanned the big band and bebop eras. Gene Lees has spent close to a decade interviewing Herman's friends and fellow musicians, to produce a portrait of the triumph and tragedy of a life in... jazz. This biography follows his rise to prominence in the 1930s as leader of the band that plays the blues , through success in the 1940s , when bebop rapidly developed, to the ultimate tragedy that broke Herman's career - when his manager diverted the band's withholding tax to settle gambling debts. Along the way, Lees brings to life the weary routine of performing on the road, with its constant one-night engagements and unending travel, broken only by brief stays at home and moments of camaraderie.
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ISBN 9780195115741
Released NZ 1 Jan 1998
Publisher Oxford University Press (S1)
Format Paperback, New edition
Indent title (internationally sourced), allow 4-6 weeks

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ISBN-13 9780195115741
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), allow 4-6 weeks
Publisher Oxford University Press (S1)
Imprint Oxford University Press Inc
Released 1 Jan 1998
Publication Country United States United States
Format Paperback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Lees, Gene
Category Music
Blues music
Biography & Autobiography: Film, Television, Music, Theatre
Number of Pages 428
Dimensions Width: 156mm
Height: 234mm
Spine: 28mm
Dewey Code 781.65092
Weight 638g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Jazz musicians, United States, Biography
NBS Text Biography: The Arts
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly