Dream Lucky: When FDR was in the White House, Count Basie was on the radio, and everyone wore a hat...

Dream Lucky: When FDR was in the White House, Count Basie was on the radio, and everyone wore a hat...

by Roxane Orgill

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Kaenan Oliver

Roxane Orgill fully captures the spirit and truth of the era with a great, breezy style full of snazzy lingo and spot-on details. In the word of the day, the book is swell. Makes me want to wear a hat.

Wall Street Journal

A firecracker of a book as tight, ebullient and raucous as a classic Basie arrangement

Daniel Mark Epstein

A vivid and stirring panorama of America on the brink of World War II—an epic on the head of a pin.

Raymond Sokolov

Roxane Orgill is a kick—to read and to watch riffing on a whole era and its cool heroes. This book is danceable.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061866067
Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
Publication date: 10/13/2009
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 512 KB

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