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The Producer: John Hammond and the Soul of American Music
The Producer: John Hammond and the Soul of American Music by Dunstan Prial 0374113041 9780374113049
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The Producer: John Hammond and the Soul of American Music by Dunstan Prial

A behind the music story without parallel John Hammond is one of the most charismatic figures in American music, a man who put on record much of the music we cherish today. Dunstan Prials biography presents Hammonds life as a gripping story of music, money, fame, and racial conflict, played out in the nightclubs and recording studios where the music was made. A pioneering producer and talent spotter, Hammond discovered and championed some of the most gifted musicians of early jazz-- Billie Holliday, Count Basie, Charlie Christian, Benny Goodman--and staged the legendary From Spirituals to Swing concert at Carnegie Hall in 1939, which established jazz as Americas indigenous music. Then as jazz gave way to pop and rock Hammond repeated the trick, discovering Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Bruce Springsteen, and Stevie Ray Vaughan in his lifes extraordinary second act. Dunstan Prial shows Hammonds life to be an effort to push past his privileged upbringing and encounter American society in all its rough-edged vitality. A Vanderbilt on his mothers side, Hammond grew up in a mansion on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. As a boy, he would sneak out at night and go uptown to Harlem to hear jazz in speakeasies. As a young man, he crusaded for racial equality in the music world and beyond. And as a Columbia Records executive-- a dapper figure behind the glass of the recording studio or in a crowded nightclub-- he saw music as the force that brought whites and blacks together and expressed their shared sense of lifes joys and sorrows. This first biography of John Hammond is also a vivid and up-close account of great careers in the making: Bob Dylan recording hisfirst album with Hammond for $402, Bruce Springsteen showing up at Hammonds office carrying a beat-up acoustic guitar without a case. In Hammonds life, the story of American music is at once personal and epic: the story of a man at the center of things, his ears wide open.

Author: Dunstan Prial

Language: English

Edition: First

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 368

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Publication Date: 2006-06-27

Our Price: $4.21

ISBN: 0374113041

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