- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
Posted December 3, 2005
Peter Levinson has addressed the task of writing a scholarly in depth biography of a pop culture figure -and he has succeeded. When doing such a bio. there is an overwhelming need to rely on anecdotes derived from personal interviews, as opposed to written letters and other documents. This becomes increasingly difficult as the dramatist personae in the subject's life (especially now in Dorsey's) pass away. Wouldn't it have been great if instead of promoting the biopic. 'The Fabulous Dorseys' Tommy (and maybe Jimmy too) hired a writer to do a biography of their lives. While I'm sure it would have been slanted and biased favoring the brothers, it would have given Levinson a spring board-something to hang his hat on. Absent that, Peter Levinson has done a creditable job in putting together a scholarly yet entertaining and revealing book about a character who even today piques the interest of musicians and non musicians alike. What would Tommy Dorsey have become if his artistic skills on the trombone as well as his other talents not been subjected to the harsh realities of life?
2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.