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Terence M. Ripmaster is a retired professor of history, William Paterson University, former president of the New Jersey Jazz Society, a member of the International Association for Jazz Education, and a member of the Jazz Journalist Association. He lives in Sarasota, Florida.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595407412
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595407415
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,398,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As someone who grew up outside the USA and who was introduced to Jazz, English and the USA by Willis Conover through his late night VOA broadcasts of Music USA, I was looking forward to finally have the opportunity to learn about the man behind the voice. Unfortunately, I shall have to keep on waiting.
This book is one of the worst attempts at a biography that I have ever came across. It has no structure, no narrative or logic. It is poorly written and even worse, edited. It misses on all points.
I hope that someone competent will write a real biography of the man who for so many millions was indeed the voice of the USA. He deserves it!
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Chances are you never heard of Willis Conover. However if you're a 60 year old jazz musician you'll know that Willis was by and large the dude who made the Wall come down. To those who lived oppressively in the soviet bloc Willis played jazz filled with freedom and joy and blues. Jazz wasn't to be played in many of those countries, it was outlawed. Those with shortwave receivers heard Willis for over 40 years on the Voice of American playing this wonderful music. Broadcasting Jazz To the World, is a good account to his 40 years at the Voice. You'll learn about Willis's Children and those who later came to this country where their search for musical expression was found. Willis Conover's name can easily be said in the same breadth as Nat Hentoff, George Wein, and Norman Granz. Like the aforementioned three Willis was a major player in the world of jazz. If you're a musician or know a musician this is a great book to gift. Somebody should write a screenplay based on his life.
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