David Szatmary

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Summertime: George Gershwin’s Life in Music

Though this meticulously researched volume unearths a few fresh facts, Crawford treads little new ground in retelling the story of this iconic American composer. For anyone unfamiliar with previous Gershwin biographies, such as Howard Pollack’s in-depth George Gershwin. [See Prepub Alert, 3/17/19.]

Rabbit’s Blues: The Life and Music of Johnny Hodges

For jazz enthusiasts and those curious about Hodges.


Leonard Bernstein and the Language of Jazz

Though acknowledging that Bernstein never played or approached improvisational jazz, Baber offers compelling evidence of the composer's integration of jazz and blues into his wide-ranging work; for academic-minded music fans.

Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story of the Grateful Dead

This tale of the clash between the Dead's communal, carefree ideals and the sobering realities of drugs and international stardom will appeal to music fans and general viewers alike.

Wherever the Sound Takes You: Heroics and Heartbreak in Music Making

An absorbing and fun addition for general readers.

Leftover Salmon: Thirty Years of Festival!

This affectionate work will be manna for jam band fans and interest general readers.

Being John Lennon: A Restless Life

An intriguing option for those unfamiliar with the highly imaginative but self-destructive Beatle.—David P. Szatmary, formerly with the Univ. of Washington, Seattle

Siren Song: My Life in Music

A breezy and intriguing behind-the-scenes look at the rock industry geared to rock fans.

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