Books Gary Giddins Books by Gary Giddins Gary Giddins has written books about: Nonfiction Biography & Memoir Arts & Entertainment Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about Gary Giddins Swinging on a Star, written by jazz and film critic Gary Giddins, is out now. STF/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption STF/AFP/Getty Images Author Interviews New Biography Chronicles Bing Crosby's Most Beloved Years December 4, 2018 Crosby set the mold for the multimedia star: on radio, on the big screen and on record. The 1940s was the period when his star shone brightest and Swinging on a Star by Gary Giddins tells that story. New Biography Chronicles Bing Crosby's Most Beloved Years Listen · 6:00 6:00 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/673029149/673398047" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Summer Reading: Nonfiction Excerpt: 'Weather Bird' July 13, 2005 Author Gary Giddins remains an enthusiast, never giving up on jazz, an art form that has been declared near death for most of my listening life. Rather than criticize obscure records, he hunts for winners and presents his trophies.