And They All Sang: Adventures of an Eclectic Disc Jockey

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The Pulitzer Prize winner's "latest indispensable oral history" (New York Times) of the twentieth century's most celebrated musicians.

Throughout the second half of the twentieth century, Studs Terkel hosted a legendary daily radio show in Chicago, presenting listeners with his inimitable take on an eclectic range of music, from classical, opera, and jazz to gospel, blues, folk, and rock. And They All Sang is nothing less than "a tribute to ...
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Overview

The Pulitzer Prize winner's "latest indispensable oral history" (New York Times) of the twentieth century's most celebrated musicians.

Throughout the second half of the twentieth century, Studs Terkel hosted a legendary daily radio show in Chicago, presenting listeners with his inimitable take on an eclectic range of music, from classical, opera, and jazz to gospel, blues, folk, and rock. And They All Sang is nothing less than "a tribute to music's universality and power" (Philadelphia Inquirer), featuring more than forty of Terkel's unforgettable conversations with some of the greatest musicians of the past century—including Louis Armstrong, Leonard Bernstein, Big Bill Broonzy, Bob Dylan, Dizzy Gillespie, Mahalia Jackson, Janis Joplin, Rosa Raisa, Pete Seeger, and many others.
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Editorial Reviews

Dave Itzkoff
Miss this volume, and you will miss Louis Armstrong's stories of halting a civil war in Africa, Leonard Bernstein's (favorable!) comparison of the Beatles to "Porgy and Bess," and a charming little anecdote about how Enrico Caruso once ended up in jail ("I just pinched her fanny a little").
— The New York Times
Publishers Weekly
In this enjoyable, informative collection of 40 interviews, Pulitzer-winning oral historian Terkel recalls his venerable radio program, The Wax Museum, which premiered shortly after the end of WWII in 1945, profiling composers, entertainers and impresarios of nearly every type of music. In a stirring introduction, Terkel explains his love affair with music, which began when he was a boy and culminated with this daily radio show, where Terkel used a diverse playlist to spark dynamic chats with opera divas Edith Mason and Rosa Raisa, rockers Bob Dylan and Janis Joplin, world musicians Ravi Shankar and Andres Segovia, jazz greats Dizzy Gillespie and Louis Armstrong, folk singers Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, and others. Insightful and daring, Terkel always asks the right questions, whether culturally or musically. Most scintillating are the occasions when Terkel provokes his subjects to weigh in on controversial topics (as when composer Leonard Bernstein comments, "What would American music or culture be like if there were no black people here?"). Although perhaps not as strong as some of Terkel's weightier works (e.g., The Good War: An Oral History of World War II), this volume is nevertheless effective oral history, demonstrating an expert journalist's ability to let his subjects speak. (Sept. 1) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595580030
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 9/22/2005
  • Pages: 301
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Studs Terkel
Studs Terkel is the author of twelve books of oral history, including Working and the Pulitzer Prize-winning "The Good War". A member of the Academy of Arts and Letters, he was awarded the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003. He lives in Chicago.
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    1. Also Known As:
      Louis "Studs" Terkel
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 16, 1912
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, NY
    1. Date of Death:
      October 31, 2008
    2. Place of Death:
      Chicago, IL

Table of Contents

Prelude : an American original 1
Vox humana
Tito Gobbi : good and evil 13
Geraint Evans : the outsider 19
Liebestod
Jon Vickers 24
Birgit Nilsson 30
Salzburg
Josef Krips 35
Irmgard Seefried 40
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf 44
Diva
Rosa Raisa 48
Edith Mason 53
American-born
Marian Anderson 60
Richard Tucker 65
Catherine Malfitano 69
The instrument
Andres Segovia 75
Ravi Shankar 81
Alfred Brendel 88
Garrick Ohlsson 96
Nicolas Slonimsky 105
Composers
Virgil Thompson 112
Aaron Copland 117
Leonard Bernstein 124
Impresario (1)
Sol Hurok 132
Jazz
Lil Armstrong 139
Louis Armstrong 145
Earl Hines 148
Dizzy Gillespie 152
Betty Carter 157
Henry Threadgill 161
Keith Jarrett 164
Impresario (2)
John Hammond, Sr. 168
Spirituals, blues, folk, rock
Thomas A. Dorsey 177
Mahalia Jackson 184
Big Bill Broonzy 189
Emanuel Dunn 197
Bob Dylan 203
Woody Guthrie 211
Pete Seeger 213
Jean Ritchie 223
Janis Joplin 235
Impresario (3)
Alan Lomax 241
Variations on the theme
Larry Adler 251
Richard Dyer-Bennett 259
Julian Lee Rayford 263
Postlude : a graceful goodbye 275
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