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    Gary Giddins' Bing Crosby Book, Volume Two.

    I've been reading Bing Crosby: Swinging on a Star The War Years: 1940-1946 by Gary Giddins. If you have any interest in Bing, you should get this book and Giddins' first volume on Bing, which covers his life from 1903-1940. Very detailed and Giddins shows how Bing influenced and was influenced by the culture of his times.

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    I read the first volume last year and recently downloaded vol. 2 to my Kindle. Looking forward to reading it. Giddings is both thorough (very thorough) and perceptive. A biography as long as this one would become tedious and cluttered in the hands of a lesser biographer. He is exhaustive but knows how to evaluate and prioritize the information he has carefully researched. And his prose style is clear and readable. His knowledge of American popular culture of the era is essential to pull off such a mammoth job.

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    This interview with Gary Giddins about his new book on Bing Crosby greatly highlights how important Bing was in his time, and there's lots of important, interesting info here overall.

    https://jerryjazzmusician.com/2018/1...-gary-giddins/

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