Swingtime brings the late 1930s alive through the adventures of the Benny Goodman band in launching the Swing Era. From the early failures to the breakout at the Palomar Ballroom through the dancing in the aisles at the Paramount Theater, the story sweeps to a climax at the famous Carnegie Hall jazz concert. But then personal tensions nearly destroy the band. Overshadowing these events are persecutions of Jews in Germany and intolerance at home. Immerse yourself in the excitement, the joys, the fears of the Swing Era as you swirl through this unique bygone time.
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Jorgen Rasmussen is Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Iowa State University. He has written many scholarly books and articles on comparative politics, specializing in British affairs. As a high school and college student he worked as a staff announcer and disk jockey at several radio station, developing a deep interest in the swing music of the big band era. He has built an extensive personal collection of CDs, LPs, tapes, and 78s of big band music. A devoted fan of the Benny Goodman band, he sometimes while listening to swing music suffers from the heretical thought that Artie Shaw might have been better.
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