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Lenny Kaye: 'The Sensuous Song of the Croon'

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Lenny Kaye: 'The Sensuous Song of the Croon'

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Lenny Kaye: 'The Sensuous Song of the Croon'

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Musician Lenny Kaye is perhaps best known as Patti Smith's guitarist. But he's also a music writer, whose work has appeared in Rolling Stone, The Village Voice and Creem. His new book, You Call it Madness: The Sensuous Song of the Croon, chronicles the male singers of the 1930s known for their suave, sophisticated and romantic interpretations of song: Bing Crosby, Rudy Vallee and Russ Columbo.

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