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The Trouble with Cinderella: An Outline of Identity Paperback – 31 Dec 1992

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  • Paperback: 394 pages
  • Publisher: Fithian Press (31 Dec 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156474020X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564740205
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.9 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 695,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The famed bandleader and guru of the jitterbug set tells the story of his experiences with fame and controversy and explains his decision to retire and seek another, more personal identity. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By FJMS on 22 Oct 2014
Format: Paperback
This book is a mine of information.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
A great musical talent writes an excellent book. 6 May 2000
By L.M.G. - Published on
Format: Paperback
An intelligent,insightful and entertaining autobiography.A delightful read. For many years I thought Artie Shaw was an old grouchy talented musician who flippantly gave up his musical profession. This book changed my mind completely and anyone who appreciates Mr. Shaw's music should read it. A great book.
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
A genius's work on so many levels. 11 May 2005
By George Smith - Published on
Format: Paperback
As a student, reading this is pretty eye-opening. I am a clarinetist myself, and some of the things that Mr. Shaw accomplished were pretty darn amazing. His book shoed how we are all running after something, and it can be fun, but we look forward to catching it until we actually catch it and realize that it's empty.

The book wasn't amazing because Mr. Shaw possessed musical expertise. It was amazing because he understood the way the human race works. His work showed that he could see things other people couldn't. The book is interesting, but very tough reading. If you don't have enough time to tackle this all at once, then I suggest that you wait until you have the time, or you will lose some of the impact.

This book is one of the most powerful I have read in my life. It really shows how life works and how people react to life. It may ruin your little bubble in life, but it may also help give you new direction.
22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
The Trouble With Cinderella: An Outline Of Identity 7 Feb 2000
By Glenn A. Maillard - Published on
Format: Paperback
Captures the essence of not only Artie Shaw, the man and his ideas of life, but of the big band scene of the thirties and forties. Especially for devotees of Artie Shaw, a must read.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Rare, ultra-sensitive genius in pain 28 Dec 2013
By Stephen R. Tod - Published on
Format: Paperback
My father was born in 1917, ten years after Artie Shaw was born. I grew up in a household in which my father sauntered around the house attempting to play along with recorded Artie Shaw, on his clarinet, a daunting challenge. Neither he nor I knew why Shaw was so explosively irascible with his adoring fans, nor why at age 42, Shaw renounced the playing of his clarinet in public . Dad and I read this book twenty years ago, and it cleared up everything. I'm not sure Shaw could have been convinced of his eloquence in this book. One of Shaw's most fervent heroes, Ralph Ellison, also despaired at having failed of eloquence in his classic best-seller, "Invisible Man."

I was shocked to learn the kind of agony, alienation, and encapsulation that tortured Shaw for most of his life. It took courage, brilliance and the gift of an artist to disclose the painful course of a life few if any ever could empathize with.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Artie" Rocks" as well as" Swings" 14 Dec 2009
By Chris - Published on
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Artie Shaw,the handsome, musical genius could also write and write well.This book is from his heart and he tells an interesting story of his life. Couldn't put the book down and managed to finish it in one day.
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