Award-winning author and jazz critic Gary Giddins’ biographies include acclaimed books on Louis Armstrong and Charlie Parker, but no figure has consumed him more than the man once America’s greatest star, Bing Crosby.
In 2001, Giddins published the first volume of a planned three-part biography of Bing. It was 17 years before he published the second; the third is still to come. The 25 years Giddins has spent writing about Bing’s life and legacy are the subject of his new class about process. How does a writer navigate the challenges inherent to biography? What is involved in the research and the writing? How did Bing Crosby — the first true multimedia superstar and a complex man — become the focus of what unexpectedly grew to be Giddins’ magnum opus? A fascinating class for writers, would-be writers, and all fans of Bing Crosby and the history of American popular culture.
Purchase a copy of Gary Giddin’s Bing Crosby: Pocketful of Dreams, The Early Years 1903-1940.
Purchase a copy of Gary Giddin’s Bing Crosby: Swinging on a Star, The War Years 1940-1946.