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Django : the life and music of a Gypsy legend

Author: Michael Dregni
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Django Reinhardt was arguably the greatest guitarist who ever lived, an important influence on Les Paul, Charlie Christian, B.B. King, Jerry Garcia, Chet Atkins, and many others. Yet there is no major biography of Reinhardt."
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Genre/Form: Biographie
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Dregni, Michael, 1961-
Django.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004
(OCoLC)639363865
Named Person: Django Reinhardt; Django Reinhardt; Django Reinhardt; Django Reinhardt
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Dregni
ISBN: 019516752X 9780195167528 0195304489 9780195304480
OCLC Number: 54775202
Description: 326 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Awakening, 1910-1922 --
Panam, 1922-1928 --
La musique diabolique, 1926-1928 --
Wanderings, 1928-1934 --
Le hot, 1934-1935 --
Djangology, 1935-1936 --
Swing, 1937 --
Ruling Britannia, 1938-1939 --
Nuages, 1939-1944 --
Echoes de France, 1944-1946 --
Pilgrimage, 1946-1947 --
Schism, 1947-1950 --
A new man, 1951-1953 --
Afterword: Gypsy Jazz.
Responsibility: Michael Dregni.
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