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Swing shift : "all-girl" bands of the 1940s

Author: Sherrie Tucker
Publisher: Durham : Duke University Press, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The forgotten history of the "all-girl" big bands of the World War II era takes center stage in Sherrie Tucker's Swing Shift. American demand for swing skyrocketed with the onslaught of war as millions - isolated from loved ones - sought diversion, comfort, and social contact through music and dance. Although all-female jazz and dance bands had existed since the 1920s, now hundreds of such groups, both African  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Tucker, Sherrie, 1957-
Swing shift.
Durham : Duke University Press, 2000
(OCoLC)654715864
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Sherrie Tucker
ISBN: 0822324857 9780822324850 0822328178 9780822328179
OCLC Number: 42397506
Description: ix, 413 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: "It don't mean a thing if it ain't in the history books" --
[pt]. 1. Playing the changes of World War II --
1. Working the swing shift : effects of World War II on all-girl bands --
2. "Hours of charm" with Phil Spitalny --
3. Extracurricular activities with the Prairie View Co-Eds --
[pt]. 2. Road hazards --
4. Surveillance and survival in the Jim Crow South --
5. Internationalism and the Sweethearts of Rhythm --
6. The darlings of rhythm : on the road and ready to run --
[pt]. 3. USO-camp shows --
7. Female big bands, male mass audiences : gendered performances in a theater of war --
Battles of a "Sophisticated Lady" : Ada Leonard and the USO --
9. "And, fellas, they're American girls!" : on the road with the Sharon Rogers All-Girl Band --
Conclusion : postwar changes, familiar refrains.
Responsibility: Sherrie Tucker.

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Filled with firsthand accounts of more than a hundred women who performed during this era and complemented by research, this book offers a history of this significant aspect of American society and  Read more...

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"Swing Shift is packed with entertaining anecdotes, instances of courage, good humour and endurance, and it is a tribute to a level of musicianship which exposes George T. Simon's put-down in The Big Read more...

 
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