Faces In The Crowd by Gary Giddins
Musicians, Writers, Actors, And Filmmakers

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In Faces in the Crowd Gary Giddins explores the achievements of thirty-seven artists, ranging from Irving Berlin to Spike Lee, Billie Holiday to Kay Starr, Louis Armstrong to Miles Davis, Elias Canetti to Philip Roth. He shows how Jack Benny revolutionized comedy; assesses the hardboiled fiction of James M.Cain, Raymond Chandler, and Elmore Leonard; recounts how he uncovered the true birthdate of Louis Armstrong; chats with Clint Eastwood about Charlie Parker. And, of course, he writes with authority on the great jazz musicians. This provocative and entertaining collection reveals why Gary Giddins has become one of the most influential critics of his generation.
 

About Gary Giddins

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Gary Giddins is a columnist for the Village Voice and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Visions of Jazz. He is also the author of a biography of Bing Crosby. His work has won numerous prizes, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, five ASCAP-Deems Taylor awards, and an American Book Award. He lives in New York City.
 
Published April 1, 2000 by Da Capo Press. 288 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Pop-culture critic Giddins presents a miscellany of essays on 20th-century artists and cultural figures. (Nov.)

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These meditations on 37 artists, from Jack Benny to Spike Lee, illustrate why Gary Giddins (who writes on jazz for this magazine) is an invaluable critic.

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