And They All Sang

The Great Musicians Of The 20th Century Talk About Their Music

Studs Terkel,Studs Terkel

Published: 2 July 2007
Paperback, Demy PB
135x216mm, 302 pages
ISBN: 9781862079366


Throughout the second half of the twentieth century, Pulitzer Prize-winning oral historian Studs Terkel hosted a legendary daily radio programme in Chicago, presenting listeners with his singular take on an eclectic range of music from classical, opera and jazz to gospel, blues, folk and rock. And They All Sang features more than forty of Terkel's inimitable conversations from the programme with some of the greatest musicians of that period. Among the many highlights: a twenty-two-year-old Bob Dylan tells how he came to write 'A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall'; Janis Joplin, in a rare interview, recalls her teenage years in Texas spent listening to old Leadbelly and Bessie Smith records; Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie talk about their sense of kinship with fellow jazz geniuses Joe Oliver and Charlie Parker. Perhaps the biggest revelation, though, is Terkel himself, whose brilliant insights throughout reflect his profound understanding and appreciation of the affinities between all forms of music.

About the author

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Studs Terkel was born in Chicago in 1912. He is the author of many books of oral history, including Will The Circle Be Unbroken? and Hope Dies Last, both published by Granta Books. He won the Pulitzer Prize for "The Good War" in 1985, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Book Critics Circle in 2004. He was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He died in 2008. More about the author

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