Dream Lucky

Dream Lucky

When FDR Was in the White House, Count Basie Was on the Radio, and Everyone Wore A Hat

Book - 2008
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The time: 1936-1938. The mood: Hopeful. It wasn't wartime, not yet. The music: The incomparable Count Basie and Benny Goodman, among others. The setting: Living rooms across America and, most of all, New York City.

Dream Lucky covers politics, race, religion, arts, and sports, but the central focus is the period's soundtrack--specifically big band jazz--and the big-hearted piano player William "Count" Basie. His ascent is the narrative thread of the book--how he made it and what made his music different from the rest. But many other stories weave in and out: Amelia Earhart pursues her dream of flying "around the world at its waistline." Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., stages a boycott on 125th Street. And Mae West shocks radio listeners as a naked Eve tempting the snake.

Critic Nat Hentoff praises the "precise originality" with which Roxane Orgill writes about music. In Dream Lucky, she magically lets readers hear the past.

Publisher: New York : Smithsonian Books, [2008]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9780060897505
0060897503
Branch Call Number: 973.917092 OR3
Characteristics: 242 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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