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Nothing brings back the magic & romance of an era like the American swing bands of the thirties & forties -- Glen Miller, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey. This book tells the stories of the most famous bands & of the bands that never became so famous. It captures the glamour & excitement of their music, & chronicles the trials & difficulties of the musicians' lives on the road, traveling all over America. It brings alive those years when band leaders & featured soloists were the idols of their day, playing rich & powerful sounds that are as inspiring on record today as when they brought audiences to their feet in live performance. Photos.