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October 19, 2013 The jazz legend practiced his saxophone 10 to 15 hours a day before he got his big break, and while he wasn't the most reliable husband, when it came to music, he never wavered. Scholar Stanley Crouch's Kansas City Lightning is the first of a two-volume biography of Parker.
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September 27, 2013 Stanley Crouch, one of the nation's most prominent jazz critics, is the author of the just-released Kansas City Lightning -- part one of a biography of Charlie "Bird" Parker. Reviewer Craig Morgan Teicher says the story starts a little slowly, but when Parker picks up the saxophone, Crouch's writing cooks.
January 3, 2006 Brian Walker, son of Hi and Lois creator Mort Walker, has co-edited a new book that traces the history of America's funny pages in the 20th century. Walker now writes the Hi and Lois strip with his brother, editor Greg Walker, and illustrator Chance Browne.
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October 27, 2004 Famed essayist and columnist Stanley Crouch believes the concept of authenticity is not easy for all Americans to grasp — and that's a problem. He dissects the dilemma in his new book The Artificial White Man: Essays on Authenticity. Hear NPR's Tavis Smiley and Crouch.
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