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Who Is Artie Shaw...and why is he following me?

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ISBN-13: 978-1420838046
ISBN-10: 1420838040
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Ferdie Pacheco, MD has been called a Renaissance Man because of his polifacetic career. He has been successful as a pharmacist, medical doctor, Fight Doctor in boxing, including working as a corner man for twelve world champions, including Muhammed Ali for seventeen years. He also served as a boxing commentator for NBC, Showtime and Univision, winning two Emmies. During this time he was the Boxing Consultant for NBC for ten years. He is retired from broadcasting after being on for 25 years. He has had 14 books published, and written articles, columns, reviews for many of the major newspapers in America. He is a world recognized fine painter, and has recently focused on Florida history, specializing in Ybor City where he was born of Spanish parents. Pacheco was seeing operations and autopsies as a child and at the same time he started to paint. Pacheco helped finance his medical education by contributing his cartoons to major national magazines. He has been exhibiting his work in galleries since 1983. The awards for his art include Gold Medal and First Prize in Tonneins, France, Best Colorist at Musee du Luxembourg in Paris. Hi paintings are in the collections of many leading personalities in the world such as, Andy Garcia, Shirley MacLaine, Budd Schulberg, Petula Clark, Ernest Borgnine to name a few.As a screenwriter he sold six scripts to major studios including Warners, Alan Ladd, King Hitzig, Paul Mazlansky, Canon Productions, and Salvatore Alabiso Productions. For one year Pacheco appeared as a movie and book critic for CNBC-TV, as well as hosted a talk show segment. He is an accomplished speaker and was under contract with Pinch Scotch for two years to speak every month on a series of subjects: boxing, art, books, history, and Flamenco dance.He appeared as an actor, playing himself, in the movie "The Great White Hype." A movie he wrote for an Italian Company Pico Productions called "Virtually Yours" has been distributed throughout Europe. A documentary on his l
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (July 7, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420838040
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420838046
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,311,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jeff Lowenthal on February 27, 2012
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I happened across this book, which I would have missed if I didn't own a Kindle, since it's apparently not published in any other format. It provides more details about the life and times of the great clarinettist, many of them essentially in his own words, as remembered by the author, who was prohibited by Shaw from recording them. They do sound very much like the extensive interview Shaw gave to NPR (and still available on their web site.)

Particularly interesting, because I hadn't read them before, were his experiences while leading his Navy band. One would expect him to have been treated with a great deal of respect, but that wasn't always true. Shameful, considering the great music he provided.

I would rate this book 5 stars on content, but as a journalist, I beleive some copy editing would have been in order. Errors like "Willy" the Lion Smith, Sonny "Green" and many typographic errors make me think this was rushed into "print" without a final edit. Or, perhaps the editor wasn't familiar with the subject being discussed. Too bad, because the content deserved better.
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Artie Shaw was a complex, puzzling and exasperating giant of twentieth century jazz (swing). He seemed to come out of nowhere in the 1930s to rival (and, some would say, best) Benny Goodman as the world's best clarinetist and swing bandleader. But he seemed to dislike the resulting adulation and commercial success. At the peak of his career, at the age of thirty-four, he put down his clarinet, and never picked it up again, even though he lived to age 94. Ferdie Pacheco, quite a colorful character in his own right, writes a wonderful memoir of his long time fascination with Shaw, and how he eventually met and interviewed him, and his attempts to understand Artie Shaw's own explanations of what made him tick. It's a slim book; I read it in two hours - but I couldn't put it down until I had finished it. I recommend it highly to anyone who is a fan of jazz and swing.
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I thoroughly enjoyed the book, since it related to other books I read about Shaw, including the books he wrote. His was a unique & interesting life story, with the flavor of the WW2 days, and the book gave some answers to his military experiences during that era. I never could understand why such a talented musician found it necessary to end his career so early, and I remember being disappointed when I heard about it in the 50's. The first recording I bought as a teenager was "Summit Ridge Drive", and today I have most of his released recordongs which I still enjoy.
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