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DISCOGRAPHY; KEY TO ABBREVIATIONS:NOTES:INDEX

About the Author

Bruce Vermazen couldn't wait to retire from his thirty-eight-year teaching career, spent mostly in the Department of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, to pursue his interest in music, as both a cornetist and a writer. He now lives in San Diego with his spouse, Juan Miguel Godoy, a professor of Spanish at San Diego State University.

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"This excellent social history gives general readers and more focused music fans an insightful, well-written, and concise backdrop to the birth of the big band era and the modern popular music industry."--Library Journal "Vermazen...has written a thoughtful exploration of an instrument and a family, and in doing so, has managed to capture not only the birth of a musical craze, but a pivotal and turbulent moment in America's history...Vermazen's revival of the Six Brown Brothers after decades of obscurity will serve as a vital addition to the history of American popular music."--Publisher's Weekly "That Moaning Saxophone is an extraordinary romp through America's entertainment culture from the late 19th through early 20th century. Richly detailed and illustrated, it is exciting to read whether a saxophonist, music enthusiast or cultural historian. Vermazen breathes new life and meaning to the Brown Brothers music, as well as to the times that spawned their success. Following their career from origin to disbandment was compelling, exciting reading. That Moaning Saxophone immediately becomes a recommended text to my colleagues, and a required one for my students."--Dr. Paul Cohen, Manhattan School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, Rutgers University "Without doubt this is one of the most important books on any aspect of twentieth century popular music ever published. Not only is it full of fascinating information, but it is eminently readable, and stands as a superb example of dedication to the subject on the part of the author."-- Brian Rust, author of several discographical reference books "A great book. It is more than a biography and history of the Brown Brothers; it's also a vivid history of the minstrel, circus, and vaudeville worlds they inhabited." --Edward A. Berlin, author of King of Ragtime: Scott Joplin and His Era (Oxford) and Ragtime: A Musical and Cultural History. "I enjoyed [the book] very much, thought the author did a fine job, all around. The last part was of particular poignancy, tracing the slow but relentless decline of the Brown Brothers as their kind of show business was mercilessly, bit by bit, destroyed by the onslaught of modern mass media. The evidence shows clearly that the people still thoroughly enjoyed the Brothers' act even into the 1930s, whenever they were still able to find venues, but the people had little say in the changing nature of show business--and they still don't! Obviously, the common acquired habit of excessive drinking didn't help any of the Brothers to make productive adjustments to the changing tides...washed-up show business people, old-time vaudevillians living in run-down hotels, dreaming of a comeback, if only they could get one big break...a classic image of the '30s, 40's 50's...A fine book."--R. Crumb "splendid.... Bruce Vermazen has uncovered a chapter in the development of American culture that has been completely overlooked by historians of both jazz and the Broadway musical."--The New York Sun "Throughout, Vermazen explores the social context of the Browns' history, including the circus culture of the 1890s, the middle-class variety show of vaudeville, the impact of the first recordings, the racist minstrelsy and Uncle Tom's Cabin shows, and the impact of Broadway musicals. This excellent social history gives general readers and more focused music fans an insightful, well-written, and concise backdrop to the birth of the big band era and the modern popular music industry."--Library Journal "Vermazen...has written a thoughtful exploration of an instrument and a family, and in doing so, has managed to capture not only the birth of a musical craze, but a pivotal and turbulent moment in America's history. ... Vermazen's revival of the Six Brown Brothers after decades of obscurity will serve as a vital addition to the history of American popular music."--Publishers Weekly "Fascinating....a must read for anyone interested in the never really Good Old Days of live performers."--Frank Behrens, Brattleboro Reformer and amazon.com "A lively and thorough history of this sax pioneer family and their contributions to American music"--The Mississippi Rag "That Moaning Saxophone is an extraordinary romp through America's entertainment culture from the late 19th through early 20th century. Richly detailed and illustrated, it is exciting to read whether a saxophonist, music enthusiast or cultural historian. Vermazen breathes new life and meaning to the Brown Brothers music, as well as to the times that spawned their success. Following their career from origin to disbandment was compelling, exciting reading. That Moaning Saxophone immediately becomes a recommended text to my colleagues, and a required one for my students."--Dr. Paul Cohen, Manhattan School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, Rutgers University "Without doubt this is one of the most important books on any aspect of twentieth century popular music ever published. Not only is it full of fascinating information, but it is eminently readable, and stands as a superb example of dedication to the subject on the part of the author."-- Brian Rust, author of several discographical reference books "A great book. It is more than a biography and history of the Brown Brothers; it's also a vivid history of the minstrel, circus, and vaudeville worlds they inhabited." --Edward A. Berlin, author of King of Ragtime: Scott Joplin and His Era (Oxford) and Ragtime: A Musical and Cultural History. "I enjoyed [the book] very much, thought the author did a fine job, all around. The last part was of particular poignancy, tracing the slow but relentless decline of the Brown Brothers as their kind of show business was mercilessly, bit by bit, destroyed by the onslaught of modern mass media. The evidence shows clearly that the people still thoroughly enjoyed the Brothers' act even into the 1930s, whenever they were still able to find venues, but the people had little say in the changing nature of show business--and they still don't! Obviously, the common acquired habit of excessive drinking didn't help any of the Brothers to make productive adjustments to the changing tides...washed-up show business people, old-time vaudevillians living in run-down hotels, dreaming of a comeback, if only they could get one big break...a classic image of the '30s, 40's 50's...A fine book."--R. Crumb

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