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on 28 April 2009
Another reader has unkindly put highly critical and unhelpful reviews for all Godbolt's books and obviously has it in for the author.

Jim Godbolt is one of Britain's leading jazz historians. I read this great collection of interviews, in Jazz Farrago, after reading another of his books - "All this and many a dog", which tells the story of how he has lived and breathed the jazz scene for most of his life - starting off as the manager of George Webb's Dixielanders (Britain's pioneer traditional jazz band), then as agent for high profile band such as Wally Fawkes, before he edited Ronnie Scott's house magazine (JARS) for 26 years.

He writes with wisdom and wit, providing the reader with page turning, insider knowledge that takes you on a journey through the history of Ronnie Scotts with a good helping of chuckles along the way. If you want to know more about jazz - Godbolt is your man and his books are a must.
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on 2 February 2009
This book is a must for Ronnie Scott's fans. It is full of memorabilia, that those who have been to his club can relate to. It contains many great old posters and pictures that, in itself, makes purchasing the book worthwhile.
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on 8 May 2008
A mixture of anecdotes, interviews, factual pieces and more; valuable in documenting an important era of British jazz. Not only includes articles about Ronnie Scott's club, but also other related material. Wally Fawkes'"Trog" cartoons a delight, if sometimes cruelly realistic. Attractively set out and written in a dryly amusing manner, often with more than a hint of irony, and eminently readable.
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on 11 May 2008
this un-put-downable anthology of jazz wit and wisdom is essential reading not only for those who visited Ronnie Scott's legendary club in its glory days but for those who wish they had!
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on 7 May 2008
Ronnie Scott's Club was founded by the eponomous Ronnie Scott, tenor saxophonist and Pete King, also tenor sax. They first met up when Pete was a member of a semi professional band playing at the St. Pancras Town Hall and later were colleagues in drummer Jack Parnell's band. From their first casual meeting eventually emerged the foundation of Ronnie Scott's Club which established itself to become an institution known worldwide.
This book is drawn from Jazz At Ronnie Scott's, the Club's house magazine known as JARS, published between 1979-2006 under editorship of Jim Godbolt.

The book draws from the vast material in those issues and collates profiles of the Club's principals and the assortment of memorable characters who were associated with the Club; facts of jazz history; humorous writing; gossip columns and interviews with celebrities like Spike Milligan, Charlie Watts, Barbara Windsor and Michael Parkinson.

This entertaining volume is a unique document of `behind the scenes' activities of the world's most famous jazz venue.

In addition to contributions by acknowledged experts on jazz music the book's pages are graced by the poems by Ron Rubin and drawings by such brilliant artists as Trog, Nemethy, Picton, Pennington and Monty Sunshine.
Jim Godbolt has long history on the British jazz scene as a band manager and agent, club and concert promoter and author of two volumes of History of Jazz in Britain 1919-150 and 1950-70,
A hilarious account of his experiences in the much acclaimed autobiography All This and Many A Dog, had one writer describing him as the P. G. Woodhouse of jazz journalism.
Jim was the founder of JARS and its only editor in the magazine's long run for over a quarter of a century.
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on 21 March 2016
It didn't come with a dust cover. I could have purchased the same book that stated it didn't have a dust cover for £20 less
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on 30 August 2008
There's no "wit and wisdom" in this little selection. It's pretty dull. It is a re-publication of excerpts of "Jazz at Ronnie Scotts", which was a monthly newsletter freely available to members of the club, issued on a semi-regular basis. In the latter years of Peter King and Ronnie Scott's tenure at the club there were many sharks gathering, ready to make a "fast buck" out of, quite frankly, anything they could. Of course, I would never suggest either author or publisher would do this, but it was a fairly depressing time. The only way to gain the true nature of R.S. was to go to the club and see him in person as he was not only an excellent jazz musician but a credible stand-up comedian and sadly we are now denied that privilege.

This volume was published under the name of Hampstead Press by the author, Jim Godbolt and Marta Rusin ("MR"), a multi-talented lady who appears to be able to put her mind to anything; be it waitressing, artistry or publishing - almost a household name. I note that she has even taken the time to give her own book a glowing 5* review, which would be quite erudite, were it not for the fact that it was firstly put on Hampstead Press' website to promote the book in the first place. Hardly unbiased or original?
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