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Three Chords for Beauty's Sake: The Life of Artie Shaw [ THREE CHORDS FOR BEAUTY'S SAKE: THE LIFE OF ARTIE SHAW ] by Nolan, Tom (Author) May-03-2010 [ Hardcover ]

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (3 May 2010)
  • ASIN: B007NC34N8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,354,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There will not, cannot, be a better biography of Art Shaw than this book. He is referred to as Art throughout the book because that is what he and his friends knew him as. Art was a very brilliant but very difficult person. His relationship with his parents influenced his personality and all his bizarre behaviour stemmed from that. He was never happy for any length of time and constantly sought perfection. When he decided he could not improve on his last recordings he stopped playing and laid his clarinet down. His idiosyncracies regading his orange juice and coffee in the morning are described and as a result how anyone managed to live with him is a mystery. The book is loaded with relevant anecdotes - the one involving Benny Goodman, Marilyn Monroe and Artie is my favourite. Despite himself Art had the best swing band of them all for a brief 18 months in 1938-39 and was the best swing clarinetist. Buy this book, savour it and treasure it for future reference. My only criticism is the author's unneccessary use of italics throughout the text.
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As a clarinet player, Artie Shaw rates at the top of my industry and so it was only fitting to learn a little more about the man behind the instrument. Tom Nolan has made outstanding research and included a great many facts which are no9t commonly known. Bringing all the information together in one volume is a feat itself, however he writes in a very easy to read style which compel the reader to turn the page. I would certainly recommend this to any historian or music researcher.
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great ..good service
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Book in good order - ex library, dust jacket as new, but evidence of its previous life is stamped on the book. Came in good time and is a good read.
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Exactly as described
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