Spike Jones Off the Record: The Man Who Murdered Music

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The 3rd edition of Spike Jones Off the Record: The Man Who Murdered Music by Jordan R. Young. Expanded and updated! Spike Jones Off the Record is a revealing portrait of the pistol-packing bandleader whose wreck-reations of popular music brightened the darkest hours of World War II. Explore the public and private worlds of a complex individual: a serious man in a funny suit; a no-nonsense boss with a razor-sharp tongue; and a public relations wizard who worked his best magic behind the scenes. Interviews with over 100 of Jones' friends and associates provide a wealth of anecdotes and revelations. Plus rare photos, a comprehensive discography, a who's who of City Slickers, a resource list and a foreword by radio personality Dr. Demento.

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Spike Jones was an immensely private individual who took great pains to hide the truth. His love of classical music was kept carefully under wraps, as were his razor-sharp tongue and ribald sense of humor. "If the real me were ever known," he once confided to Tom Prideaux of Life magazine, "my entire image would be shot."

The idea for this book was sown one evening in 1976, at a spirited Hollywood banquet where I found myself seated next to Doodles Weaver. Despite every intention of pumping him for anecdotes about Jones, he made me laugh so hard, just being himself, I didn't get the chance. The following year I interviewed Mickey Katz for The Los Angeles Times. His amusing and unexpected remarks about his former employer further aroused my curiosity.

Five years later, when a wealth of long lost memorabilia fell serendipitiously into my hands -- including Jones' personal files, and the actual arrangements used by the band -- the time was ripe. I began to track down and interview the survivors of the Spike Jones organization and draw out their recollections of the man, who assaulted popular and classical music with unparalleled artistry.

When "Spike Jones and his City Slickers" was first published in 1984, I didn't realize it was work in progress. Although many people have called it the definitive book, I do not feel it is possible to exhaust a subject as complex as Spike Jones. The subject will surely exhaust the author first.

A few years ago I realized a third of the people I had interviewed for the first edition had passed away, and that a part of history was fast disappearing. It occurred to me that perhaps I hadn't told the whole story. This revised and expanded edition digs deeper into the past and hopefully gives a much more complete picture of the man and his largely unsung accomplices, the niche they inhabited in the entertainment world and the circumstances under which they worked.

"Spike Jones Off the Record" is largely an oral history, of necessity, a story told by the men and women who lived it, on the road and in the studio. The additional research for this edition shed new light on many facets of Jones' life and career and yielded much heretofore unpublished information. New discoveries, however, have led only to further contradictions.

Jones himself never let the truth get in the way of a good story; he would sacrifice almost anything for the sake of a joke. This is an effort to separate fact from fiction and delineate reality from fantasy. It is not my intent to build Jones up or tear him down; he deserves neither hagiography nor hatchet treatment.

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Jordan R. Young is a show business historian, theatre critic and playwright whose work has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other publications. His books include Spike Jones on LP, CD, MP3 & DVD; Reel Characters: Great Movie Character Actors; Acting Solo: The Art and Craft of Solo Performance; and The Laugh Crafters: Comedy Writing in Radio and TV's Golden Age. He has written special material for the Grammy Awards and has served as a consultant for BBC Radio. His plays have been produced in Hollywood and Off Off Broadway.

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