Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams - The Early Years, 1903-1940by Gary Giddins
From Bing Crosby's early days in college minstrel shows and vaudeville, to his first hit recordings, from his 11 year triumph as star of America's most popular radio show, to his first success in Hollywood, Gary Giddins provides a detailed study of the rise of this American star.
- Little, Brown and Company
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- First Back Bay Paperback Edition
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- 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.25(d)
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Before starting this book you need to know that it is an exhaustively researched and detailed book, and in some places you begin to skip some details that seem repetitive. That being said, it is a fantastic book which I really enjoyed. Mr. Giddins covers all aspects of the first half of Bings life, and leaves no stone unturned. Everything you want to learn about the early Bing is in this book. Should be required reading for any musician, especially those involved with jazz. My only complaint is that we have never gotten a book on the second half.
A trully remarkable character who just happenned to be one of the top entertainers of the 20th century. Empressed by the author's honest depiction and deep research. Crosby comes across as a complex person that you can look up to. Thanks!
Giddins' book is the story of the seminal years of Bing Crosby's life. Like millions of others, I know Bing as a movie star first and singer second. This book offers the fascinating story of a young man immersed in various musical styles bringing them together to help popularize early jazz. One of my favorite quotes from the book is '...he was the first hip white person born in the United States', Artie Shaw. It's great to read about Bing in context of his time and to understand the importance of his influence. If you are a casual fan of either his music or his movies, you should give this book a try. I can't wait for the follow-up volume.
Like most people, this reviewer remembers Bing Crosby for his 'road' movies with Bob Hope, a few other flicks, and the song 'White Christmas. I also remember Bing riding the Aqueduct Special with the $2 better from Manhattan to Queens after he was a legend. However, apparently, Gary Giddins states that Bing was a very popular jazz singer during the 1920s and 1930s when non-Blacks were not just a rarity, but nonexistent in the music. This biography is very interesting as it provides insight into Bing before he becomes a Hollywood icon. This book is for more than just Hollywood buffs, as Jazz fans will enjoy Bing's influence on the entertainment industry with emphasis on his jazz days. This is a well-written biography that will add to a legendary American hero. Harriet Klausner
I just enjoy ver classey peolpe from goalin Hollwood
To be honest.... I amm 11 years old and the first Bing Crosby movie I ever saw was Holiday Inn and I absolutely fell in love. Dispite my age, I love older movies, singers, books... things like that. The classics basically. This was definitly a book that I thoroughly enjoyed. I saw Holiday Inn around Christmas time this year and it is lovely. I had mistakened him for Fred Astair for a second during the movie. I love the era of what is now... the CLASSICS. Bing Crosby has such a lovely voice and so strong. I love. :)