Noted jazz journalist, chronicler, and historian Gary Giddins visits with the second installment of his major biographical project on Spokane native son Bing Crosby. Bing Crosby: Swinging on a Star: The War Years 1940 - 1946 (Little, Brown) picks up where Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams 1903 -1940 left off. This volume obviously covers the World War II era, but includes creative activity such as the making of White Christmas.
"A deeply researched and thoroughly engrossing biography that confirms Crosby's essential role in the history of American music and film during a crucial period of the 20th century....Impressively maintains a balanced view of Crosby's complex character: an affable, hardworking performer admired by his peers and audience but also a man with values and ideas representative of his generation and piously Catholic upbringing. Ultimately, the author establishes Crosby's relevancy as an indisputable talent worth fair consideration from future generations.: ―Kirkus Reviews on Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams.
Gary Giddins has received countless awards for his writing, which was marked by a thirty-year stint at the once-great, now-late Village Voice. He is also the author of biographies of Louis Armstrong and Charlie Parker, among numerous other titles.