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Ross Firestone discusses his book "Swing, Swing, Swing: The Life & Times of Benny Goodman"

BROADCAST: Mar. 26, 1993 | DURATION: 00:32:50


Benny Goodman was one of 12 children and when he was little, his father took him to a synagogue where he learned to play the clarinet. Ross Firestone's book, "Swing, Swing, Swing: The Life and Times of Benny Goodman" is full of information about the musician. Goodman was a perfectionist, always wanting to better at his craft. According to Firestone, as a band leader, Goodman never thanked any musicians that played for him or with him.