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Django Reinhardt turns 100; new book examines his music

Pioneering gypsy jazz guitarist profoundly impacted the genre despite having disabled hand
The Music of Django Reinhardt

by Benjamin Givan

Cloth: 978-0-472-11499-3/ $75 Paper: 978-0-472-03408-6/ $29.95

Publication Date: January 2010

Famed jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt would have turned 100 in January 2010, and a new book celebrates the man and his music just in time for that anniversary.

Reinhardt had a dramatic life story: a childhood in the gypsy camps, a fire at age 18 that left his left hand all but unusable, playing in Paris during the Nazi occupation, when gypsies were being slaughtered across Europe. His life was featured in Woody Allen’s Sweet and Lowdown.

But never before has his music been so thoroughly explored. Author Benjamin Givan explains how he created his signature sound, including his process, his improvisational style and his musical technique. The book includes transcriptions of records from the 1920s to the 1950s, and includes detailed discussion of selected performances.

Musical samples from Reinhardt with commentary from the author are available upon request as part of the book’s media kit.

The Music of Django Reinhardt will be available for $29.95 in paperback. For interviews with the author, book cover art, an author photo, an author biography or other information, please contact Heather Newman (below).
Press contact:

Heather Newman, Trade Marketing Manager

University of Michigan Press



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