The Ghetto Swinger: A Berlin Jazz-Legend Remembers

Coco Schumann (Author) Max Christian Graeff (With)
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Product Details

Price
$16.95  $15.59
Publisher
Doppelhouse Press
Publish Date
April 03, 2018
Pages
192
Dimensions
5.9 X 0.6 X 8.9 inches | 0.5 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780998777061

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About the Author

Coco Schumann (b. 1924 Berlin) is an award-winning swing and jazz guitarist. He has played with jazz greats, has been a composer and arranger, taught guitar at the music academy in Zehlendorf, and has put out numerous collections. He was awarded Honors of Merit from the Federal Republic of Germany in 1989, the City of Berlin in 2008, and in 2015 was given the prestigious Ehrenpreis for lifetime achievement in music from the German Record Critics.

John Howard, an American who lived in Berlin for more than two decades, has translated books from German to English and edited and translated many screenplays and treatments for film. He taught English language and literature in the U.S., Germany and Beijing and has been engaged as a producer-director for German radio and television (SWF, BR, HR). He is currently working on a book about his experiences living in China.

Michael H. Kater, a former professional jazz musician, is Distinguished Research Professor of History Emeritus at York University in Toronto and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is the author of ten books, including Hitler Youth (Harvard 2004). His latest book is Weimar: From Enlightenment to the Present (Yale 2014).

Co-author Michaela Haas is a journalist and life coach as well as the author of several self-transformation books. She has written for Germany's leading newspapers and was the host of an award-winning TV interview program. She holds a PhD in Asian studies.

Co-author Max Christian Graeff is a German author and publisher. He has written several books and essay collections (in German) published by Deutsches Taschenbuch Verlag and NordPark Verlag, has made art, given performances and lectures as well as having sung with the German rock band The Morlocks.

Reviews

The recently published, never-before translated book by "Coco" Schumann traces his journey from Berlin's pre-war nightlife to a band in Auschwitz and back to Berlin -- and doesn't miss a beat. [...] Look for this unusual book.
- Israel National News
From his early enthusiasm for American jazz in Berlin cabarets to his membership of Terezin's celebrated Ghetto Swingers and surviving Auschwitz through his music, to post-war appearances with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, jazz remains a constant in a remarkable life story. [...] Illustrated by a fascinating range of photographs.
- Ron Simpson, The Jazz Rag, Manchester
For posterity, [Schumann] left behind a lifetime of music and memories, along with his remarkable autobiography, The Ghetto Swinger. [...] Within its 192 pages - which includes 55 photos and illustrations - Schumann covers most of his life, from his birth in 1924 until about 1990, with wit, intelligence and deep feeling.
- JAZZIZ Magazine
Considered the first ever jazz electric guitarist in Germany, [Coco Schumann] played swing for years but was versatile enough to perform in much more commercial settings during the lean periods. He kept his memories of the prison camps mostly to himself for four decades. The Ghetto Swinger has Coco Schumann telling his story honestly, colorfully and with occasional humor. It is a fascinating [book] that is well worth discovering.
- Scott Yanow, L.A. Jazz Scene
Unusually interesting amidst the plethora of self-serving musician autobiographies. Schumann has a better story to tell ​... survival under the hardest conditions, the value of well-placed friends and the vagaries of fortune as well as the impulse to create. The Ghetto Swinger is a r​are​ glimpse into the persistence of nightlife in Berlin (once a wide-open city) under the Nazis. At Theresienstadt, the ostensibly model concentration camp, Schumann entertained the SS guards with his music like his life depended on it--and it did!
- David Luhrssen, Shepherd Express