Faces In The Crowd: Musicians, Writers, Actors, And Filmmakers

Paperback | August 22, 1996

byGary Giddins

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In Faces in the Crowd Gary Giddins explores the achievements of thirty-seven artists, ranging from Irving Berlin to Spike Lee, Billie Holiday to Kay Starr, Louis Armstrong to Miles Davis, Elias Canetti to Philip Roth. He shows how Jack Benny revolutionized comedy; assesses the hardboiled fiction of James M.Cain, Raymond Chandler, and Elmore Leonard; recounts how he uncovered the true birthdate of Louis Armstrong; chats with Clint Eastwood about Charlie Parker. And, of course, he writes with authority on the great jazz musicians. This provocative and entertaining collection reveals why Gary Giddins has become one of the most influential critics of his generation.

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Gary Giddins has won the acclaim of the Guggenheim Fellowship and National Book Critics Circle as well as winning a Peabody, American Book and five ASCAP-Deem Taylor awards. In Faces in the Crowds, he focusses his scope on 37 of the most culturally significant writers, actors, musicians and filmmakers of the 20th century. His eloqu...

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In Faces in the Crowd Gary Giddins explores the achievements of thirty-seven artists, ranging from Irving Berlin to Spike Lee, Billie Holiday to Kay Starr, Louis Armstrong to Miles Davis, Elias Canetti to Philip Roth. He shows how Jack Benny revolutionized comedy; assesses the hardboiled fiction of James M.Cain, Raymond Chandler, and E...

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As an essayist and Village Voice columnist, Gary Giddins is widely known as a preeminent jazz writer. Walter Clemons, writing in Newsweek, hailed him as "the best jazz critic now at work", praising his "elegant prose" and "encyclopedic knowledge". Yet he has won a devoted audience for his reflections on popular culture, books, and movi...

Gary Giddins is a columnist for the Village Voice and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Visions of Jazz. He is also the author of a biography of Bing Crosby. His work has won numerous prizes, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, five ASCAP-Deems Taylor awards, and an American Book Award. He lives in New York City.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.38 × 0.67 inPublished:August 22, 1996Publisher:Da Capo BooksLanguage:English

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Gary Giddins has won the acclaim of the Guggenheim Fellowship and National Book Critics Circle as well as winning a Peabody, American Book and five ASCAP-Deem Taylor awards. In Faces in the Crowds, he focusses his scope on 37 of the most culturally significant writers, actors, musicians and filmmakers of the 20th century. His eloquent and informed assessments provide fascinating insights into their lives and what made them great.