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MusicHound swing! : the essential album guide
Knopper, Steve, 1969-
Publication Information:
Detroit : Visible Ink Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
461 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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ML156.4.B5 M87 1999 Book and Software Set Non-Fiction Area

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From the traditional to the neo-retro, from jump blues to Western swing to rockabilly, more than 300 acts falling under the Swing banner are covered in the usual MusicHound style. Accompanying CD. 100 photos.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Just in case you haven't noticed, swing dancing is in, and this new MusicHound guide offers biographical essays and recording reviews for more than 300 swing artists and bands.

Library Journal Review

This book, the eighth MusicHoundR CD buying guide, covers swing music from the early boogie-woogie and Big Band performers through the current neo-swing revival. Profiling over 300 performers and musical acts (from Kay Kyser to the Royal Crown Revue), entries provide performers' biographical information, career hits and misses, musical influences, and important events. Although many of the performers and groups profiled here can be found in other works in the MusicHoundR series, most entries have been revised or completely rewritten for this volume. The book's most valuable feature is its "What To Buy" and "What To Avoid" sections, which give thorough purchasing suggestions. Also included are a glossary of key terms and dance styles, an extended bibliography, 100 black-and-white photos, and a sampler CD of contemporary swing acts. Indexes list the top recommended recordings, band members, producers, "roots" (influences on a performer), and swing categories. An additional, cumulative performer index for all MusicHoundR titles rounds out the work. Edited by Knopper, who was also responsible for MusicHoundR Lounge, this book is recommended for public and academic libraries of all sizes with popular music collections.√ĄMichele McGraw, Hennepin Cty. Lib., Edina, MN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Latest in the MusicHound series, this guide follows album guides to rock (2nd ed., CH, Sep'99), R&B (1998), folk (CH, Sep'99), lounge (1998), blues (1998), country (1997), and jazz (CH, Feb'99). The intention was to list important swing era performers as well as those influenced by that style directly or indirectly. Arranged alphabetically by artist, brief yet concise biographical essays are followed by descriptions of the essential recordings, what to avoid, and which recordings are worth searching for. The recordings are rated in half dog-bones, five full bones being the highest. Many black-and-white photographs are scattered through the essays. Indexes include a listing and rating of compilation recordings, record labels and their addresses, artist or music Web sites, swing radio stations, five-bone albums, possible influence guide, and an artist guide to all the MusicHound volumes. Knopper wisely admits that the inclusion or exclusion of particular artists and the recording ratings are debatable. An entertaining and valuable guide at a reasonable price, for all levels of readers. J. A. Badics; Eastern Michigan University

Table of Contents

Steve KnopperSteve Knopper
List of sidebarsp. vii
Forewordp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Swing dance stylesp. xv
MusicHound owner's manualp. xvii
Creditsp. xix
Acknowledgmentsp. xxv
a-z guide to swing actsp. 1
Compilation albumsp. 337
Books, magazines, and newslettersp. 339
Web sitesp. 343
Record labelsp. 347
Radio stationsp. 349
Five-bone album indexp. 357
Band member indexp. 363
Producer indexp. 369
Roots indexp. 385
Category indexp. 395
Series indexp. 399