And They All Sang

And They All Sang: Adventures of an Eclectic Disc Jockey
by Studs Terkel [New Press]

An enjoyable collection of radio interviews Terkel conducted with a range of mid century musical venerables, hailing mostly from the classical (Andres Segovia) and respectable jazz (Louis Armstrong) worlds, but also including folk musicians Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, among others. Neither a history nor a book about the cultural power of radio, this is nonetheless a good document of the younger Terkel's curious, humble interviewing style. -jl

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