A "behind the music" story without parallel. John Hammond is one of the most charismatic figures in American music, a man who put on record much of the music we cherish today. Dunstan Prial's biography presents Hammond's life as a gripping story of music, money, fame, and racial conflict, played out in the nightclubs and recording studios where the music was made.

- JOHN HAMMOND AND THE SOUL OF AMERICAN MUSIC, by Dunstan Prial, Picador 2007, 347 pages, paperback. ISBN 978-0312426002

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