And they all sang : adventures of an eclectic disc jockey /
Studs Terkel.
New York : New Press : Distributed by W.W. Norton, 2005.
xxii, 301 p. ; 24 cm.
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New York : New Press : Distributed by W.W. Norton, 2005.
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About the Author
BIH Author Biography
Studs Terkel is the author of twelve books of oral history, including Hope Dies Last, Working, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning "The Good War". A member of the Academy of Arts and Letters, he is a recipient of a Presidential National Humanities Medal, the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, a George Polk Career Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award.
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Throughout the second half of the twentieth century, Pulitzer Prize-winning oral historian Studs Terkel hosted a legendary daily radio program in Chicago, presenting listeners with his singular take on an eclectic range of music from classical, opera, and jazz to gospel, blues, folk, and rock. And They All Sang features more than forty of Terkel's inimitable conversations from the program with some of the greatest musicians of the past century. Among the many highlights: a twenty-two-year-old Bob Dylan tells how he came to write "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall"; Janis Joplin, in a rare interview, recalls her teenage years in Texas spent listening to old Leadbelly and Bessie Smith records; Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie talk about their sense of kinship with fellow jazz geniuses Joe Oliver and Charlie Parker; Leonard Bernstein pays tribute to composer Marc Blitzstein's musical masterpiece The Cradle Will Rock; Ravi Shankar describes meeting the Beatles in London in 1966; and opera divas Edith Mason and Rosa Raisa remember the thrill of singing onstage with Caruso. Perhaps the biggest revelation, though, is Terkel himself, whose brilliant insights throughout reflect his profound understanding and appreciation of the affinities between all forms of music. Transcending genres and generations, And They All Sang offers us a remarkable collective portrait of the full spectrum of musical genius.
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Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2005-07-25:
In this enjoyable, informative collection of 40 interviews, Pulitzer-winning oral historian Terkel recalls his venerable radio program, The Wax Museum, which premiered shortly after the end of WWII in 1945, profiling composers, entertainers and impresarios of nearly every type of music. In a stirring introduction, Terkel explains his love affair with music, which began when he was a boy and culminated with this daily radio show, where Terkel used a diverse playlist to spark dynamic chats with opera divas Edith Mason and Rosa Raisa, rockers Bob Dylan and Janis Joplin, world musicians Ravi Shankar and Andres Segovia, jazz greats Dizzy Gillespie and Louis Armstrong, folk singers Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, and others. Insightful and daring, Terkel always asks the right questions, whether culturally or musically. Most scintillating are the occasions when Terkel provokes his subjects to weigh in on controversial topics (as when composer Leonard Bernstein comments, "What would American music or culture be like if there were no black people here?"). Although perhaps not as strong as some of Terkel's weightier works (e.g., The Good War: An Oral History of World War II), this volume is nevertheless effective oral history, demonstrating an expert journalist's ability to let his subjects speak. (Sept. 1) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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A half-century of previously unpublished interviews with legendary musicians, in a brand-new book from America's foremost oral historian "I'm one of these people that thinks that everybody has certain gifts, you know, when they're born...I used to play the guitar when I was ten, you know. So I figured maybe my thing is playing the guitar, maybe that's my little gift."--Bob Dylan, interviewed in 1963, from And They All Sang Throughout the second half of the twentieth century, Pulitzer Prize-winning oral historian Studs Terkel hosted a legendary daily radio program on WFMT in Chicago, presenting listeners with his inimitable take on a wide range of music from classical opera to jazz, blues, gospel, folk, and rock. His latest work of oral history shows us this completely different side of Studs Terkel--that of a brilliant and far-ranging musicologist. And They All Sang features over forty conversations with some of the greatest musical luminaries of the past century: rock icons Bob Dylan and Janis Joplin, influential folk singer Pete Seeger, jazz geniuses Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie, composers Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein, classical musicians Andres Segovia and Ravi Shankar, legendary opera divas Rosa Raisa and Edith Mason, and gospel giants Thomas A. Dorsey and Mahalia Jackson. Transcending genres and generations, Studs Terkel goes behind the music and doesn't miss a beat. Musicians featured include: Marian Anderson, Louis Armstrong, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Bob Dylan, Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Guthrie, Mahalia Jackson, Janis Joplin, Keith Jarrett, Alan Lomax, Catherine Malfitano, Jean Ritchie, Pete Seeger, Ravi Shankar, Richard Tucker.
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This text features over 40 conversations with some of the greatest musical luminaries of the past century, including rock icon Bob Dylan, influential folk singer Pete Seeger, composer Leonard Bernstein, classical musician Ravi Shankar, legendary opera diva Edith Mason, and gospel giant Thomas A. Dorsey.
Table of Contents
Prelude : an American originalp. 1
Vox humana
Tito Gobbi : good and evilp. 13
Geraint Evans : the outsiderp. 19
Jon Vickersp. 24
Birgit Nilssonp. 30
Josef Kripsp. 35
Irmgard Seefriedp. 40
Elisabeth Schwarzkopfp. 44
Rosa Raisap. 48
Edith Masonp. 53
Marian Andersonp. 60
Richard Tuckerp. 65
Catherine Malfitanop. 69
The instrument
Andres Segoviap. 75
Ravi Shankarp. 81
Alfred Brendelp. 88
Garrick Ohlssonp. 96
Nicolas Slonimskyp. 105
Virgil Thompsonp. 112
Aaron Coplandp. 117
Leonard Bernsteinp. 124
Impresario (1)
Sol Hurokp. 132
Lil Armstrongp. 139
Louis Armstrongp. 145
Earl Hinesp. 148
Dizzy Gillespiep. 152
Betty Carterp. 157
Henry Threadgillp. 161
Keith Jarrettp. 164
Impresario (2)
John Hammond, Sr.p. 168
Spirituals, blues, folk, rock
Thomas A. Dorseyp. 177
Mahalia Jacksonp. 184
Big Bill Broonzyp. 189
Emanuel Dunnp. 197
Bob Dylanp. 203
Woody Guthriep. 211
Pete Seegerp. 213
Jean Ritchiep. 223
Janis Joplinp. 235
Impresario (3)
Alan Lomaxp. 241
Variations on the theme
Larry Adlerp. 251
Richard Dyer-Bennettp. 259
Julian Lee Rayfordp. 263
Postlude : a graceful goodbyep. 275
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