AirTalk for May 25, 2010

The life of Artie Shaw

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(W.W. Norton)

Three Chords for Beauty's Sake: The Life of Artie Shaw

Just in time for the 100th anniversary of his birth, AirTalk remembers legendary jazz clarinetist and band leader Artie Shaw. Despite big hits including Begin the Beguine, Frenesi and Stardust, and numerous film appearances—not to mention his liaisons with some of Hollywood’s most famous actresses—Shaw had a contentious relationship with fame, which prompted him to quit playing music more than once. Larry Mantle talks with biographer Tom Nolan about Shaw’s groundbreaking musical life.

Guest:

Tom Nolan, author of Three Chords for Beauty’s Sake: The Life of Artie Shaw (W.W. Norton)


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