Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams; The Early Years, 1903–1940 Audiobook, by Gary Giddins Play Audiobook Sample

Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams; The Early Years, 1903–1940 Audiobook

Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams; The Early Years, 1903–1940 Audiobook, by Gary Giddins Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Edward Lewis Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 14.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 11.13 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: June 2005 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781483074863

Quick Stats About this Audiobook

Total Audiobook Chapters:

27

Longest Chapter Length:

77:00 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

12:37 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

49:30 minutes

Audiobooks by this Author:

3

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Publisher Description

From 1934 to 1954, Bing Crosby utterly dominated American entertainment. The number one movie star for five years in a row, he had more hit records than anyone in history. The rise of Bing Crosby was the rise of the American popular culture itself.

In this commanding biography, eminent cultural critic Gary Giddins takes us on the remarkable journey that brought a provincial young law student from Spokane to the pinnacle of the entertainment world. Giddins chronicles Crosby’s rise from vaudeville to Paul Whiteman’s orchestra on to vast success in Hollywood, from his courtship of the beautiful and tragic Dixie Lee to his triumph as the sportsman who created the first celebrity pro-am golf tournament and helped build the Del Mar racetrack. Giddins reclaims Crosby’s central role in American cultural history.

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"This man is my favorite singer of all time, although he died when I was very young, he influenced my upbringing in the mind, heart and soul of my grandmother who adored him. Her influence on my life was obviously huge."

— chey (5 out of 5 stars)

Quotes

  • “Those of us who have been waiting all these years to learn everything there is to know about Crosby can only be grateful.”

    — New York Times Book Review
  • “The author’s boundless but utterly clear-eyed enthusiasm for his subject is contagious.”

    — People
  • “He represses his style to a degree, as if to clear the decks for Crosby’s own remarkable story.”

    — New York Newsday
  • “Giddins has done his work diligently…proves himself an alert…commentator.”

    — Los Angeles Times
  • “An unusually detailed look at a life that was thought to be highly public.”

    — San Diego Union Tribune
  • “An amazing job of rehabilitating Crosby’s record.”

    — Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • “Crosby couldn’t have hoped for a finer biographer: elegant writer, informed historian, thorough scholar, and one of America’s most eminent jazz critics.”

    — Wall Street Journal
  • “Giddins’s intelligent and formidably well-informed biography covering the entertainer’s life from his birth in 1903 through the film that launched his mega-grossing partnership with Bob Hope.”

    — Washington Post
  • “A perceptive portrait of Crosby as a man, a singer, a radio personality and a budding movie star in the loose, creative years before he hardened into a monument.”

    — Publishers Weekly

Awards

  • A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
  • Winner of the Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award
  • Winner of the ARSC Award for Excellence in Historical Sound Research

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  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Just skimmed it as I was really only interested in Bing's personal life and this is a MASSIVE book mostly about his career. "

    — Megan, 11/22/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Great survey of a very smart man and the first half/third of his iconic career in entertainment "

    — Christopher, 6/27/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " A wildly readable and well-researched biography of Bing Crosby's early career. When oh when is Volume Two going to get here?!?? "

    — Evan, 2/14/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I'd nominate this as the best music bio I've ever read. It combines the dogged research of Guralnick's Elvis books with the criticism and close listening of Dave Marsh's Elvis or Greil Marcus' Mystery Train. "

    — David, 1/15/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " A little slow in places (the author was lucky the artist's life was so interesting!), but overall very informative and detailed. I would highly recommend this book to actors (particularly in musical theatre) and other performance artists who work with music. "

    — Barbara, 12/16/2010
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I'd nominate this as the best music bio I've ever read. It combines the dogged research of Guralnick's Elvis books with the criticism and close listening of Dave Marsh's Elvis or Greil Marcus' Mystery Train. "

    — David, 5/13/2009
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " A wildly readable and well-researched biography of Bing Crosby's early career. When oh when is Volume Two going to get here?!?? "

    — Evan, 1/25/2008
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Great survey of a very smart man and the first half/third of his iconic career in entertainment "

    — Christopher, 8/13/2007

About Gary Giddins

Gary Giddins was a long-time columnist for the Village Voice and is a preeminent jazz critic who received the 1998 National Book Critics Circle Award, the Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award, and the Bell Atlantic Award for Visions of Jazz: The First Century. His other books include Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams—The Early Years, 1903–1940, which won the Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award and the ARSC Award for Excellence in Historical Sound Research; Weatherbird: Jazz at the Dawn of Its Second Century; Faces in the Crowd; Natural Selection; and biographies of Louis Armstrong and Charlie Parker. He has won an unparalleled six ASCAP–Deems Taylor Awards, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Peabody Award in Broadcasting.

About Edward Lewis

Edward Lewis (a.k.a. David Hilder) is a stage, film, and television actor. He has narrated unabridged audiobooks for over eighteen years and has recorded more than two hundred titles, spanning works of fiction and nonfiction.