Faith Middleton Show: Heroes And Villains

Essays on Music, Movies, Comics and Culture

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Faith Middleton Show: Heroes And Villains

In his collection, Heroes and Villains, David Hajdu writes essays about singer Billy Eckstine.  Esckstine may not be a houshold name, but in Hajdu's hands he becomes one of the most important and influential pop stars of the last century.  Eckstine was the first black singer to sing romantic ballads, to become a sex symbol, and to become as popular as Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra: the most famous white stars of his time.  Life magazine printed a photograph of Exkstine surrounded by swarms of fans, many of whom were your white women, sparking the segregation-era controversy which ultimately ended his career.  Hajdu interviewed thirty-eight people for this essay, including Tony Bennett, Lena Horne, Bobby Short and Lee Young, to create this nuanced and previously untold portrait of a music legend.  Heroes and Villains is a fascinating read for music fans and pop culture junkies alike.