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'Heroes and Villains: Essays on Music, Movies, Comics, and Culture' by David Hajdu

Heroes and Villains: Essays on Music, Movies, Comics, and Culture

Heroes and Villains is the first collection of essays by David Hajdu, author of Lush Life, Positively 4th Street, and The Ten-Cent Plague. Eclectic and controversial, Hajdu's essays take on topics as varied as pop music, jazz, the avant-garde, graphic novels, and our downloading culture.

The heart of Heroes and Villains is a piece of cultural rediscovery, original to this book. It tells the untold story of one of the most important — and, ultimately, one of the most tragic — figures in American popular music, Billy Eckstine. Through exhaustive new research, Hajdu shows how this great, forgotten singer, once more popular than Frank Sinatra, transformed American music by combining sex appeal, sophistication and black machismo — in the era of segregation. The cost, for Eckstine, was his fame.

Other essays in this expansive book deal with subjects including Beyonce, Leonard Cohen, Elvis Costello, Bobby Darin, Will Eisner, Elmer Fudd, Philip Glass, Woody Guthrie, Anita O'Day, Harry Partch, Marjane Satrapi, Kanye West, the White Stripes, Joni Mitchell, John Zorn, and more.

(This text courtesy of DaCapo Press.)