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Producer: John Hammond and the Soul of American Music
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John Hammond was a Manhattan rich kid with a fascination with jazz. He listened to records with his parentsí servants, ventured into Harlem as a teenager, and became a regular in jazz clubs where few white faces ever appeared. Hammond crossed racial lines in pre-WW2 America and came back with recordings of some of the greatest jazz musicians in history. By age 25, he had convinced Benny Goodman to integrate his band and made his first big discovery: Billie Holiday. Then, as jazz gave way to pop and rock, Hammond championed Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Bruce Springsteen, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Here, Hammondís life becomes the story of American pop music since the 1930s, a tale of a man at the center of things, with his ears open. Illus.
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