11/1/2017 7:24 pm  #1

Gary Giddins - Volume Two

Just posted on Facebook.
GOOD NEWS! Gary Giddins has completed the second volume of his three-volume Bing Crosby biography: "Bing Crosby, Swinging On a Star, the War Years, 1940-1946," to be published by Little, Brown. Publication date will be announced here, along with cover art - when Little, Brown provides them!


11/1/2017 9:26 pm  #2

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Great news, Malcolm! Hopefully this time's the charm! I can't wait for this second volume to become available!!!



11/1/2017 9:28 pm  #3

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That's fantastic news! I can't wait to see what's in store for this volume. That's a day one purchase for sure!


12/1/2017 12:02 am  #4

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Extraordinarily welcome news.



12/1/2017 12:02 pm  #5

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Hear, hear... Best news so far in 2017.


12/1/2017 3:10 pm  #6

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Wonderful news to start 2017 with! http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/happy.png

Thank you for the information, Malcolm.



30/1/2017 2:35 am  #7

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Hip, hip, hooray!


04/2/2017 2:41 am  #8

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It's taken decades for the 2nd volume to finally be just announced (it's still not a reality) how many decades will it take for a Volume 3?   I thought the original idea for this book was that there was going to be just 2 parts, the second being what we've waited eons for.  I didn't hear that it is now being EVENTUALLY turned into a 3 volume set.   I think at this point Giddins would be better off to just stick to the original idea and make the final concluding edition be a Part 2 book.   I don't think either Giddins or we will live long enough to see a volume 3.

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09/2/2017 11:04 am  #9

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I could not be more excited for this book! What amazing and rich years to be covered. I hope Mr. Giddins writes extensively about Joan Caulfield, his great friendship with Phil Harris, the amazing box office as well as recording performance especially in 1944 when I believe he had something like 2/3 of the time spent at 1# on the charts, along with his tireless efforts for the GI's. I hope this comes out sooner than the Fall but after over a decade and a half of waiting I guess I can go a few more months.


09/2/2017 2:10 pm  #10

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I am sure that we are all looking forward to the second volume. 

We must all do our best to persuade Mr Giddins - and his publishers - to also bring forward the third volume as rapidly as possible by demonstrating our support through purchasing Vol. 2 in adequate numbers.



11/3/2017 11:19 am  #11

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I'll be pre-ordering mine as soon as I get a date for publication (which I hope is soon)! I'm re-reading Volume 1 for the upteenth time!


01/7/2017 7:19 pm  #12

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I just saw on Gary Giddins' Facebook page that Volume 2 will be published in the early fall of 2018.

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05/7/2017 5:29 pm  #13

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The way this is going I'll never get to read it. Wonder if there is a library in the afterlife.


05/7/2017 6:19 pm  #14

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Hello Ron
By the time you get your card stamped in the afterlife library, Volumes 2, 3, 4 and 5 will have been released. Everybody knows that..!
Very best to you and Anita.


06/7/2017 1:34 am  #15

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I have to say I am very disappointed to see the release date for this is so far away! Almost as disappointed by the fact that this isn't going to cover the entire second part of Bing's career. 

In many ways I think Crosby's career from the 50's on is a much more interesting story. There is this saying that once you're on top the only place to go is down but Bing seems to have defied that to a very large degree. He remained a very big star in the 50's and then sort of transitioned into this familiar friend who showed up on TV specials and at Christmas time, maybe sort of like a favorite uncle. 

I think is would be really interesting to read how his first wife's passing affected his career? Is this the reason why Bing didn't really focus on recording in the early 50's? More background on his albums with Bregman, Scoby, & Clooney would fascinating! With musical tastes changing rapidly were the sing-a-long albums considered maybe the only viable records he could do or were they simply easy sources of income with the radio show ending? Why did he record "Hey Jude"? And from maybe the lows of the late 60's what spurred his resurgence in the 70's?

The second half of Bing's life would make a great book, somebody just needs to put the words on paper!


07/7/2017 5:21 pm  #16

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It is just a sad...actually VERY sad...but true awakening that popularity brings sales which brings new product. We saw some of that for a few years from the Crosby estate. However, it appears as though sales were not up to the expectations of UMe and they have basically pulled the plug on any future releases. 

I suspect that if sales were better (and things had a chance to take off after the fine PBS special) we would see far better progress on the Giddins book.

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All the best,
Paul M. Mock

28/1/2018 7:10 am  #17

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COMING IN NOVEMBER 2018 Gary Giddins presents the second volume of his masterful multi-part biography Bing Crosby dominated American popular culture in a way that few artists ever have. From the dizzy era of Prohibition through the dark days of the Second World War, he was a desperate nation's most beloved entertainer. But he was more than just a charismatic crooner: Bing Crosby redefined the very foundations of modem music, from the way it was recorded to the way it was orchestrated and performed. In this much-anticipated follow-up to the universally acclaimed first volume, NBCC Winner and preeminent cultural critic Gary Giddins now focuses on Crosby's most memorable period, the war years and the origin story of White Christmas. Set against the backdrop of a Europe on the brink of collapse, this groundbreaking work traces Crosby's skyrocketing career as he fully inhabits a new era of American entertainment and culture. While he would go on to reshape both popular music and cinema more comprehensively than any other artist, Crosby's legacy would be forever intertwined with his impact on the home front, a unifying voice for a nation at war. Over a decade in the making and drawing on hundreds of interviews and unprecedented access to numerous archives, Giddins finally brings Bing Crosby, his work, and his world to vivid life -- firmly reclaiming Crosby's central role in American cultural history. "The best thing to happen to Bing Crosby since Bob Hope." (WSJ) See also http://garygiddins.com/

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28/1/2018 10:11 am  #18

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Hope I last the distance! By then, if I'm still pumping air I'll be 84 and 9 months, then will I have time to finish reading it.
Thanks Gary for finally finishing this next piece of Bing's life amongst all your other projects.
Has a price been set yet?


28/1/2018 4:10 pm  #19

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Like all of us, I am thrilled to read this. But will not actually get excited about it until there is firm information, cost, shipping date and confirmation that this will indeed happen.  

All the best,
Paul M. Mock

29/1/2018 6:15 pm  #20

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Yessssss! Something extra to be Thankful for this November! Can't wait to read more in depth about the road movies, his radio shows, all the greta recordings, the relationship with his Welcome Stranger co-star etc.


01/2/2018 3:25 am  #21

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Am I the only one who remembers that this was originally supposed to be a 2 volume set?  This is what we were told decades ago when vol. 1 was released.   Now the news is it's now a 3 volume set!   Now if they came out with a new volume every other year, then I'd be happy, but when it's every 4 decades that a new volume emerges from the swamp, I'm not exactly happy that we're now going to hope to live long enough to finally read the 2nd half of Bing's life.  I too believe the '50's to early '70's period of Bings life to be most interesting, now it seems to still be another dashed hope to see this anytime soon.


08/2/2018 6:54 am  #22

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Great news! I can hardly wait.


18/2/2018 1:44 pm  #23

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I've told my family (my son is 13) that November is the expected release date. He and my husband have been listening to my  'maybe this year' hopefulness for years as they've watched me re-read Volume 1. They know what a big deal this release is for me and for my Bing fan friends! Can't wait!



11/3/2018 9:06 am  #24

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11/3/2018 5:27 pm  #25

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Well, 8 months away.
I dislike the use of 'just' and 'only' especially in terms of money language.
Our clocks went forward this Sunday morning.
Darn nuisance having to get up at 2.00am to do it though.


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