Synopses & Reviews
Brought to you by legendary publisher V. Vale (formerly of Re/Search Publications), Swing! The New Retro Renaissance is a comprehensive guide to the new swing movement. In addition to the multitudes of interviews with your favorite swing personalities (Royal Crown Revue, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Lavay Smith, Big Six, Flyin' Lindy Hoppers, Sam Butera and more!), this is lavishly illustrated, and packed with photos, informative directories, and lists of recommended recordings, books, and films. Documenting the first lifestyle change since punk, Swing! is the first and only book available on this exciting new movement. Featuring interviews with the cutting-edge musicians, dancers, and visionaries that started the new retro renaissance, this book is a treasure trove of information that no serious swinger should be without.
Music. Fashion. Ultural Studies. SWING! THE NEW RETRO RENAISSANCE documents the first major lifestyle change since punk. After a 50-year absence, partner-dancing is back with a vengence, propelled by a new generation of bands with roots in Hot Jazz, Jump Swing, Western Swing, and Rockabilly. Also documented are the exciting retro clothes, hairstyles, furnishings, cars, etc. saved from extinction by cutting-edge visionaries of this movement. Lavishly illustrated, this is the first comprehensive guide to a new state of mind being pioneered on the West Coast.