Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Bix: Man and Legend First Printing Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0028725000
ISBN-10: 002872500X
Why is ISBN important?
ISBN
This bar-code number lets you verify that you're getting exactly the right version or edition of a book. The 13-digit and 10-digit formats both work.
Scan an ISBN with your phone
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
More Buying Choices
7 New from $89.72 15 Used from $8.00
Free Two-Day Shipping for College Students with Prime Student Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student


Best Books of the Year So Far
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for the Best Books of the Year So Far in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.
click to open popover
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

New York Times best sellers
Browse the New York Times best sellers in popular categories like Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Books and more. See more

Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Schirmer Books; First Printing edition (October 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 002872500X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0028725000
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,239,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Important Information

Ingredients
Example Ingredients

Directions
Example Directions

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback
I have long been a fan of Bix Beiderbecke, and this book provided more information about his life than I would have thought possible. It showed what a genius he really was, and displayed many aspects of his sometimes sunny, sometimes dark disposition. The book was very detailed, and at times I could swear I had been there. The attitude of the times was well described, and you could almost see how Bix and the people around him lived and felt. I feel this book does great justice to Bix's tumultuous but short life. I loved this biography so much, I can't say enough about it.
Comment 8 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
This is the first jazz biography ever to have been nominated for a National Book Award. It captures the flavor of Beiderbecke's life and times, while providing dazzling details on every aspect of his music. Written by a journalist who is also an accomplished cornet player, it is a readable and informative work that will reward every reader who is interested in jazz history. The impeccable discography alone, prepared by the author's wife Vivian, is worth the price of the book for jazz collectors
Comment 8 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
In planning for Bix Beiderbecke museum exhibits, I read the book for historical background on the musician who has long been my favorite. I was enthralled by the depth AND breadth of the author's approach, and multiplied my previous knowledge of his life, times, compatriots, instruments, and, of course, the music. I would love to contact the author or publisher to get permission to use parts in the museum exhibits!
Comment 7 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Biographies often give us an arms-length, long-distance view of the subject. Birth dates, parents' names, hometown, schools he/she attended, how the subject got "started" in the field where eminence was achieved -- those are ever present. But how often do we get a portrait of the subject which shows the smile, the true personality, how he/she was viewed by contemporaries, and the like?

If you're looking for a marvelously detailed biography like that, and especially if you're interested in the very early jazz of the 1920s and those who created it, then "Bix: Man and Legend," is the book for you. Authors Richard M. Sudhalter, who was a jazz cornetist himself; Philip R. Evans, and William Dean-Myatt make you see, hear -- yes, even smell, on occasion -- Leon Bix Beiderbecke, who ranks right alongside Louis Armstrong as the two greatest of the jazz cornetist-trumpeters of the early days. Their styles were different -- Armstrong's loud, aggressive, going into the high registers of his instrument; Beiderbecke's usually no higher than the mid-register, but displaying an unequaled golden tone (referred to by several who played with him as "like silver bullets hitting a golden bell" or, "Like a girl saying 'yes,' ") and the genius-like ability to come up with variations without end on the same song. One is reminded of an appearance of one of the bands he played in at a dance, where he did a particularly masterful job at playing lead on a certain song. When the band reprised the tune later in the show, someone in the audience cried, "Bix, PLEASE play it just like you did before!" Bix looked at the person, a little puzzled, and answered, "But I NEVER play a song the same way twice!
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A good book about Bix Beiderbecke from Davenport, Iowa. He had the best possibilities into music, but during the Prohibition time he's going wrong with his healt by drinking too much. Very sad he's passing away on a too early age. But he let a very well known successor into the world of Jazz; Ernest Loring Red Nichols
Again, a very interesting story that fills up my collection of jazz stars. Thank You
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
BIX; MAN AND LEGEND BY RICHARD N. SUDHALTER published in 1974 by Arlington House
is the most accessible biography that is generally available of the legendary yet elusive Bix Beiderbecke, jazz coronetist extrordinaire.

Leon Bix Beiderbecke was born in Davenport Iowa in 1903, became a full time musician by the early 1920s and during the period of that decade was the most influential of the young middle class white jazz musicians. Not neccesarily the most well known, but the player whose influence spread far and wide due to recordings made under his own name and as a sideman for more famed leaders.

Eventually, in 1927, he became the star soloist of the biggest and most famous big band in the country, led by The King of Jazz himself, Paul Whiteman and for a while apparently was fairly well known to the jazz public, which was something new for a sideman who rarely led his own band, even on recording sessions.

Unfortunately, Bix could not control his drinking alcohol and therein lay his ruin.
The "young man with a horn" was wiped out healthwise like many another imbiber of illegal spirits and died before the age of thirty.

Richard M. Sudhalter relates Bix's story down to most of the available details, even including some that are sheer speculation and are generally labeled as such.
Mr. Sudhalter has done a yeoman's job putting this chronicle of the jazz age together, including a personal chronology of Bix's life and a detailed discography
with discussions of discs upon which Bix may or may not have been playing.

Bix Man and Legend is an altogether engrosssing book which brings back the atmosphere and times of the twenties to life, for better and for worse.
Read more ›
Comment 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse