School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 6-9This biography attempts not only to chronicle Ellington's life, but also to "...emphasize [his] contributions both in [his] own time and for posterity." However, no analysis of his music or discography is included. Although a wide variety of sources have been used, much of the material comes from John Edward Hasse's Beyond Category: The Life and Genius of Duke Ellington (S. & S., 1993). Information is properly footnoted and a bibliography of all works cited follows the text. Various quotations highlighted in bordered boxes add interest. Many medium-to-poor quality black-and-white photographs appear throughout. The most impressive feature of the book is its extensive index. This title adds to the several already available for this audience, including Gene Brown's Duke Ellington (Silver Burdett, 1990), James Lincoln Collier's Duke Ellington (Macmillan, 1991), and Ron Frankl's Duke Ellington (Chelsea, 1988). Woog's offering is not a necessary purchase for libraries owning any of the aforementioned titles.Robin Works Davis, Hurst Public Library, TX
Ilene CooperThis comprehensive biography of music legend Duke Ellington will work equally well for students looking for report material and for music lovers who just want to know more about the Duke. Relying heavily on previous biographies and articles (often quoting from them in sidebars), this still has a readable style of its own. It traces Ellington's life from his birth at the turn of the century in Washington, D.C., and chronicles his early days playing in Harlem and the fantastic fame that hit in the 1920s and carried through to his death. The black-and-white photographs are uneven in quality but do add interest. "Ellington" is a title in the Importance Of biography series, and this addition fulfills that appellation.
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