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Dream Lucky

When FDR Was In The White House, Count Basie Was On The Radio, And Everyone Wore A Hat--

By Roxane Orgill

The time: 1936-1938. The mood: Hopeful. It wasn't wartime, not yet. The music: The incomparable Count Basie and Benny Goodman, among others. The setting: Living rooms across America and, most of all, New York City.

Dream Lucky covers politics, race, religion, arts, and sports, but the central focus is the period's soundtrack—specifically big band jazz—and the big-hearted piano player William "Count" Basie. His ascent is the narrative thread of the book—how he made it and what made his music different from the rest. But many other stories weave in and out: Amelia Earhart pursues her dream of flying "around the world at its waistline." Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., stages a boycott on 125th Street. And Mae West shocks radio listeners as a naked Eve tempting the snake.

Critic Nat Hentoff praises the "precise originality" with which Roxane Orgill writes about music. In Dream Lucky, she magically lets readers hear the past.

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9780060897505


Format: Book
Author: Orgill, Roxane
Title: Dream lucky : when FDR was in the White House, Count Basie was on the radio, and everyone wore a hat-- / Roxane Orgill.
Publisher Date: New York : Smithsonian Books, c2008.
Subject: Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945. Basie, Count, 1904-1984. Popular culture -- United States -- History -- 20th century Popular music -- United States -- History and criticism Radio -- Social aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century. Big bands -- United States -- History -- 20th century. United States -- History -- 1933-1945 United States -- History -- 1933-1945 -- Biography. United States -- Social life and customs -- 1918-1945
Isbn: 9780060897505 0060897503
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Format: Book
Author: Orgill, Roxane
Title: Dream lucky : when FDR was in the White House, Count Basie was on the radio, and everyone wore a hat-- / Roxane Orgill.
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : Smithsonian Books, c2008.
Description: 242 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Subjects: Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945.
Subjects: Basie, Count, 1904-1984.
Subjects: Popular culture -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Subjects: Popular music -- United States -- History and criticism
Subjects: Radio -- Social aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Subjects: Big bands -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Subjects: United States -- History -- 1933-1945
Subjects: United States -- History -- 1933-1945 -- Biography.
Subjects: United States -- Social life and customs -- 1918-1945
Notes: Includes bibliographical references.
LCCN: 2007026221
ISBN: 9780060897505
ISBN: 0060897503
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Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 1
Call Number: 973.917092 Org