We celebrate the centennial of Bing Crosby's birth with jazz critic and writer Gary Giddins. His biography of Bing Crosby is called, Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams - the Early Years, 1903-1940
. From 1930s to the 50s, Crosby was a pop culture icon, dominating American entertainment with his hit records and movies. In this first volume of the biography, Giddins chronicles the rise of Crosby's career. Giddins may be best known as a jazz columnist for the Village Voice
. He won the 1998 National Book Critics Circle Award for his book Visions of Jazz
. He was one of the experts featured in Ken Burn's Jazz series on PBS. (Broadcast Date: January 24, 2001)
Want more Fresh Air?Get the latest issue.
Check out the complete archive.
(P) and ©2003 WHYY-FM