Going My Way: Bing Crosby and American Culture

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Going My Way: Bing Crosby and American Culture is the first serious study of the singer/actor's art and of his centrality to the history of twentieth-century popular music, film, and the entertainment industry. The volume uses a wide range of scholarly and cultural perspectives to explore Crosby's unique and lasting achievements. It also includes tributes and reminiscences from Bing's widow Kathryn, his grandson Steve, his record producer Ken Barnes, and one of his most popular successors, Michael Feinstein. ...
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Overview

Going My Way: Bing Crosby and American Culture is the first serious study of the singer/actor's art and of his centrality to the history of twentieth-century popular music, film, and the entertainment industry. The volume uses a wide range of scholarly and cultural perspectives to explore Crosby's unique and lasting achievements. It also includes tributes and reminiscences from Bing's widow Kathryn, his grandson Steve, his record producer Ken Barnes, and one of his most popular successors, Michael Feinstein. Other contributors include Gary Giddins, the author of a widely acclaimed recent biography of the singer, and Will Friedwald, the acknowledged expert on the development of the "great American songbook." In addition to studying Bing Crosby's innovations and remarkable achievements as a recording artist, Going My Way explores his accomplishments as an actor, businessman, and radio and television performer. Going My Way makes an impressive case not only for Crosby's considerable talent and inimitable style, but also for his raising the quality of popular singing to the level of art. Contributors: Ken Barnes, Samuel L. Chell, Kathryn Crosby, Steven C. Crosby, John Mark Dempsey, Bernard F. Dick, Deborah Dolan, Michael Feinstein, Will Friedwald, Jeanne Fuchs, Gary Giddins, Peter Hammar, M. Thomas Inge, Malcolm MacFarlane, Eric Michael Mazur, Martin McQuade, Elaine Anderson Phillips, Ruth Prigozy, Walter Raubicheck, Linda A. Robinson, Stephen C. Shafer, David White, F.W. Wiggins Ruth Prigozy is Professor of English at Hofstra University. Walter Raubicheck is Professor of English and Chair of the English Department at Pace University.
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These essays focus on the legendary performer in various media during (the years 1931-57). . . This wide-ranging collection makes it clear that Crosby's importance is not and should never be forgotten. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. CHOICE The splendid essays in Going My Way form an intricate collage that captures Crosby at the intersection of so many aspects of American culture. From jazz to film, Catholicism to cartoons, rock 'n' roll to the revolutionary taping of broadcasts, Crosby emerges as a more complex and fascinating figure than any single biographer or historian could render. -- Philip Furia, Professor of Creative Writing, University of North Carolina, Wilmington This is a fine book about one of the great entertainers in America. It tells of our culture and of one of the biggest stars America ever had, one I was privileged to know and work with. Not only was Bing Crosby the best singer I ever heard but he was also a great actor, and he brought humor and honesty to anything he did. Going My Way captures the essence of Bing. --Margaret Whiting
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580462617
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/1/2007
  • Pages: 228
  • Sales rank: 1,516,517
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     xi
Foreword   Michael Feinstein     xiii
Preface   Ruth Prigozy   Walter Raubicheck     xv
Acknowledgments     xxiii
Introduction: Bing Crosby-Nothing Is What It Seems   Gary Giddins     1
Theoretical Perspectives on Crosby     9
Analogies of Ignorance in Going My Way   David E. White     11
Going My Way?: Crosby and Catholicism on the Road to America   Eric Michael Mazur     17
Saint Bing: Apatheia, Masculine Desire, and the Films of Bing Crosby   Elaine Anderson Phillips     35
Bing on a Binge: Casting-Against-Type in The Country Girl   Linda A. Robinson     47
Cultural Perspectives on Crosby     65
Bing Crosby: Rock 'n' Roll Godfather   John Mark Dempsey     67
American Archetypes: How Crosby and Hope Became Hollywood's Greatest Comedy Team   Walter Raubicheck     79
Crosby at Paramount: From Crooner to Actor   Bernard F. Dick     87
Bing Crosby, Walt Disney, and Ichabod Crane   M. Thomas Inge     99
A Couple of Song and Dance Men: Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire   Jeanne Fuchs     107
Rivalries: The Mutual Mentoring of Bing Crosbyand Frank Sinatra   Samuel L. Chell     115
From Crooner to American Icon: Caricatures of Bing Crosby in American Cartoons from the 1930s to the 1950s   Stephen C. Shafer     123
Historical Perspectives on Crosby     133
Not Just "The Crooner": Bing Crosby's Research and Business Endeavors in World War II   Deborah Dolan     135
Bing's Entertainment and War Bond Sales Activities During World War II   Malcolm Macfarlane     141
Bing Crosby's Magnetic Tape Revolution   Martin McQuade   Pete Hammar     151
The Bing Crosby Fan Clubs   F. B. (Wig) Wiggins     159
Conclusion: Bing Crosby-Architect of Twentieth-Century Style   Will Friedwald     163
Personal Comments     167
Sing, Bing, Sing   Kathryn Crosby     169
Thoughts on Relationships: Father, Son, Grandson   Steven Crosby     171
The Real Bing Crosby   Ken Barnes     173
Selected Bibliography     177
List of Contributors     187
Index     193
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