A Newsman / Record Producer's Hits and Misses from the Thirties to the Seventies.New York: Billboard Publications, Inc., 1976 Stock Code: 143002
First edition, first printing. Fascinating memoir of four decades in the music business by one of the major players, the panoply of stars illustrated on the jacket reading like a roster of 20th century popular music: Sinatra, The Beatles, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, and Nat King Cole, to name but a few. Allmusic.com notes that Dexter's book "was received negatively, as a self-serving, ill-tempered piece of personal payback against everyone whom he felt had slighted or wronged him across his career, and people he simply didn't like personally. It fit with his own status within the business -- he was, by then, perceived as little more than an unhappy sore loser in the generational 'culture wars' of the 1950s and 1960s, who had blown his one major opportunity to contribute to American popular culture, between his own prejudices and short-sightedness". Which makes it all the more fascinating.
Octavo. Original blue-grey boards, spine lettered in moderate blue. With dust jacket.
Jacket front panel with a couple of short closed tears at foot, a few other nicks and chips, otherwise very good, spine just slightly cocked. A touch of thumbing to top and fore edges but overall an excellent copy, square and sharp.
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