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Django Reinhardt and the Illustrated History of Gypsy Jazz [Paperback]

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Item description for Django Reinhardt and the Illustrated History of Gypsy Jazz by Michael Dregni, Alain Antonietto, Anne Legrand & David Reinhardt...

Django Reinhardt was perhaps the greatest guitarist to ever live. A Gypsy who made his jazz guitar speak with a human voice, he was dashing, charismatic, childish . . . and doomed to die young after creating a legacy of Gypsy Jazz that remains vibrant today.

Gypsy Jazz is a music both joyous and sad, timeless and modern. It was born from a marriage of Louis Armstrong's trumpet with the anguished sound of Romany violin and the fire of flamenco guitar. Created amidst the glamour of Jazz Age Paris and reaching a peak during the horrors of World War II, Gypsy Jazz gave a voice to a dispossessed people. Today, Gypsy Jazz is more popular than ever. It has a legacy as strong as the Cuban sounds of the Buena Vista Social Club, the blues of B. B. King, or the R&B of Ray Charles.

Django Reinhardt and the Illustrated History of Gypsy Jazz is a stylish collection of more than two hundred illustrations telling Django's story and the history of Gypsy jazz. Running through the Paris Jazz Age of the 1920s to the current worldwide renaissance of Gypsy jazz bands (including Django's grandsons, who are playing today), the images include rare archival photographs, modern images, posters, programs, tickets, guitars, memorabilia, paintings, and more.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   208
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 9" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   1.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2006
Publisher   Speck Press
ISBN  193310810X  
ISBN13  9781933108100  

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More About Michael Dregni, Alain Antonietto, Anne Legrand & David Reinhardt

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! This delightful collection contains memorable stories penned by Garrison Keillor, Roger Welsch, E.B. White, Patricia Penton Leimbach, Bill Holm, Ben Logan, Jim Heynen, Sara De Luca, Marjorie Myers Douglas, Jerry L. Twedt, and Robert Amerson. Contemporary farm photography and artwork from Grant Wood, Bob Artley, Charles Freitag, and Francis Lee Jaques accompany and complement (compliment) the text. These stories are nostalgic, sentimental, and sometimes humorous, all paying homage to life on the farm."

Michael Dregni currently resides in Minneapolis, in the state of Minnesota. Michael Dregni was born in 1961 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Vintage Guitar Magazine.

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1Books > Subjects > Biographies & Memoirs > Arts & Literature > Biographies > General
2Books > Subjects > Biographies & Memoirs > General
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4Books > Subjects > Entertainment > Music > Musical Genres > Jazz
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Great book!!  Mar 11, 2007
This is very well done, and has some interesting stuff that I haven't seen in other books about Django. I especially like all the pictures and additional work that went into it to make it more visually appealing and interesting to read!!
The lively text entertains as thoroughly as it enlightens  Dec 10, 2006
Gorgeously illustrated with black-and-white and color photographs and poster representations on almost every page, Django Reinhardt and the Illustrated History of Gypsy Jazz is the true story of a legendary figure in Gypsy Jazz, a music style that arose in the Jazz Age of the 1920's by blending the Romany violin and flamenco guitar with the trumpet and other jazz instruments. Django Reinhardt and the Illustrated History of Gypsy Jazz traces the style's evolution and the career of the man who embodied it through the horrors of World War II, when the Nazis severely persecuted the Gypsies in Europe, and onward to Gypsy Jazz's rhythm-and-blues legacy for the modern day. The lively text entertains as thoroughly as it enlightens, in this enthusiastically recommended volume for casual readers and music history buffs.

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