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Alec Wilder may be a neglected oddball today, but his impact on the study of American popular music has been profound. His principal accomplishment was American Popular Song (1972), a crucial text in the study of the great American tunesmiths. Wilder was also an innovative composer, and as Stone describes them, his life story and achievements both fascinate. For instance, Wilder's octet compositions, Stone says, contain a "curious mix of jazz rhythms and Bachlike melodies" that left the music world "both beguiled and puzzled." They would have been forgotten entirely had it not been for such Wilder champions as Frank Sinatra. Besides describing how Wilder's connection with Ol' Blue Eyes transpired, Stone paints an engrossing portrait of an often lonely man who could be almost unbelievably generous, was sometimes unbearable when intoxicated, and whose only regular address was New York's Algonquin Hotel. Moreover, Stone's depiction of how much effort went into researching, compiling, and writing American Popular Song makes Wilder's compendium seem even more impressive. Aaron Cohen
"Mr. Stone's description of Wilder's creation of his masterpiece, the magisterial American Popular Song, is first-rate, as indeed is his rich portrait of this forgotten maverick of music."--The Dallas Morning News
"Judicious and unblinking."--The New Yorker
"Stone paints an engrossing portrait of an often lonely man who could be almost unbelievably generous, was sometimes unbearable when intoxicated, and whose only regular address was New York's Algonquin Hotel. Moreover, Stone's depiction of how much effort went into researching, compiling, and writing American Popular Song makes Wilder's compendium seem even more impressive."--Booklist
"Thoughtful and emphatic."--The Washington Post Book World
"Desmond Stone tells this sad story succinctly and straightforwardly.... [He] has given us a believable portrait of a difficult man, and he is also surprisingly effective at conveying the distinctive flavor of Wilder's intensely personal art."--The New York Times Book Review
"A book about Alec Wilder is long overdue, and Desmond Stone has captured the spirit, and the many sides of Alec, in this warm, sympathetic, and totally absorbing book."--Marian McPartland, jazz pianist and composer, South Carolina Educational Television and Radio Network
"Alec Wilder in Spite of Himself is the tale of a life of a true original. Some may sing romantically about doing it, 'My Way', but Alec composed, wrote, and lived 'His Way.' A rare commodity in any era."--Mitch Miller
"If there are two sides to everything, Alec Wilder had one--his, and he was so right for him. If you'd like to know this remarkable, this unbelievably incorruptible composer and man--and his time--read Desmond Stone's book."--Frederick Fennell, Conductor, Kosei Wind Orchestra

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Author(s) Book :Desmond Stone
Publish Year :1996 Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
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