Tony Fletcher has a winner with his fine nonfiction analysis of the music of New York, and he does an excellent job of catching the sounds of this great city from 1927 - 1977 as seen and heard through the many composers and musicians. His details are intimate, accurate, and full of new information. Much of the information will surprise readers.
In this fifty year look at the New York music scene, Tony Fletcher commences with Harlem at the very height of the Jazz Age in 1927, an era that would become famous in American literature by novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald, among others. Jazz in the 1920s is caught in all of its glory and glimmer!
Fletcher successfully strolls across the decades. He covers jazz, pop, be-bop. rock, folk, swing, Latin, disco, hip-hop, and punk. One of the authors skills is the memorable manner in which he captures the essence of each decade of music and the people who made the music and lived it. There is never a dull moment in this fast-paced book. There is a look at the city of New York that is hard to find elsewhere.
The list is long and detailed but some of the numerous names covered include Tito Puente Bob Dylan Dizzy Gillespie Leadbelly Clyde McPhatter Janis Ian George Gershwin Charlie Parker Woody Guthrie Duke Ellington Kiss Jerry Lee Lewis Neil Sedaka Teddy Wilson and Frankie Lymon.
The author of three music biographies and one novel Tony Fletcher is the founder of the music magazine Jamming! and maintains an active web site www.ijamming.net. He currently lives in Mt. Tremper New York.
This book will become an important reference work with the passage of years for it covers so much in detail and is an ideal tool for enjoyable reading and research. If you want to read something out of the ordinary take a look at this fine nonfiction work. The book contains photographs notes bibliography and index.
This is a fine book entry into the world of nonfiction jazz writing by an individual who knows and loves his jazz. Splendid reading! The publisher is W. W. Norton and other titles from this publisher are found at www.wwnorton.com.