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Scott Tichenor
Dec-14-2004, 6:40am
Wondering if everyone has heard of this new book that's a true biography of Django. I'm about 3/4 the way through and have enjoyed it. Hope to finish it this weekend. More information (http://www.oup.com/us/catalog/general/subject/Music/PopularMusic/Jazz/?view=usa&ci=019516752X) from Oxford University Press, the publisher.

Dec-14-2004, 11:43am
Thanks Scott, I've been immersing myself in all things Django lately and this will definitely be a little icing on the cake!

Dec-14-2004, 12:35pm
Thanks for the info, Scott. Mine is on the way from amazon. I too have been really getting into Django lately. I know little about the man so I'm looking foward to getting this book.

Dec-14-2004, 12:38pm
I've got this book on reserve at the local library, I hope to get it shortly. I heard about it originally on this PBS radio show, On Point, that had an interview/discussion with the author. The show is archived and can be heard at...


Also, one of the callers to the show happens to be a mandolin player in a somewhat local band #-- Harmonious Wail from Madison, WI (I'm in Milwaukee). If you've got an hour, give it a listen.


Jeff Baldwin
Dec-15-2004, 12:08pm
I just was made aware of this book. #My wife showed me a book review in the current New Yorker. #I sent for it this morning Amazon has it for $18.

Another interesting look into the life and times of Django is the Stephane Grappelli Film released on DVD availabe from Ifshin Violin:

http://www.ifshinviolins.com/store....hejazzc (http://www.ifshinviolins.com/store/accessories/recordings/alifeinthejazzc)

The film is a bio of Stephane with interviews, films of he and django...and historic footage of the times and performers. #Some great Django footage...and
lotsa Stephane.


Scott Tichenor
Dec-15-2004, 1:06pm
I have this DVD. Bought it probably a year or two ago. Good stuff. Interested in recycling (selling cheap) it if anyone would like it. I'll sell my Django book on amazon.com as soon as I finish it unless someone would like to grab them both. Make me an offer offline. I'm someone that doesn't keep a shelf full or books around. I recycle them at the local used bookstore, eBay or Amazon. Fuels my reading habit and I don't have to store books I'm probably never going to read again. Plus I have another book due to arrive today or tomorrow in the mail so I need to get busy.

The Delaunay book on Django is also very good. Seems there are two versions of it. It was originally written in French. The first time I read it the translation was pretty awful. The second go round someone must have translated it again because it was much improved.

Dec-16-2004, 7:20am
The new Django book was extensively reviewed in a recent New Yorker Magazine. FWIW, Daedalus books carries some good remaindered music biographies and histories for very little money. I recently bought the bio of Emmett Miller and one of Bing Crosby, both for about $10. Joel Eckhaus

Elliot Luber
Feb-03-2005, 8:24pm
Anyone seen Woody Allen's "Sweet and Lowdown" with Sean Penn playing the superfocused guitarist? Great movie... and "Django" even appears in the flick.

Feb-03-2005, 11:47pm
Yep......SECOND best guitar player in the world.

John Soper
Feb-04-2005, 12:05pm
The Django Bibliog was in my stocking at Christmas- a very interesting read for Djangophiles...

Anybody close to Durham, NC that has interest in this book- give me a PM & see what reading material we can trade...