And They All Sang

Adventures of an Eclectic Disc Jockey

The Pulitzer Prize winner’s “latest indispensable oral history” (The New York Times) of the twentieth century’s most celebrated musicians

“A riveting collection . . . what makes And They All Sang a rousing success isn’t just Terkel’s phenomenal range and broad knowledge, it’s his passionate love of the music and his deep humanity. . . . Just about every interview has a revelation.” —San Francisco Chronicle

Throughout the second half of the twentieth century, Studs Terkel hosted a legendary daily radio show in Chicago, presenting listeners with his inimitable take on an eclectic range of music, from classical, opera, and jazz to gospel, blues, folk, and rock. And They All Sang is nothing less than “a tribute to music’s universality and power” (Philadelphia Inquirer), featuring more than forty of Terkel’s unforgettable conversations with some of the greatest musicians of the past century—including Louis Armstrong, Leonard Bernstein, Big Bill Broonzy, Bob Dylan, Dizzy Gillespie, Mahalia Jackson, Janis Joplin, Rosa Raisa, Pete Seeger, and many others.

As the esteemed music critic Anthony DeCurtis wrote in the Chicago Tribune, “the terms ‘interview’ or ‘oral history’ don’t begin to do justice to what Terkel achieves in these conversations, which are at once wildly ambitious and as casual as can be.” Whether discussing Enrico Caruso’s nervousness on stage with opera diva Edith Mason or the Beatles’ 1966 encounter in London with revered Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar, “Terkel’s singular gift for bringing his subjects to life in their own words should strike a chord with any music fan old enough to have replaced a worn-out record needle” (The New York Times).

Praise

“Terkel . . . takes the reader to that place within the artist where talent bubbles into creative impulse and then invention.”
Los Angeles Times
“Revelatory. . . . In each priceless give-and-take, Terkel captures the distinct personality of each artist and the spirit of their world-altering music.”
Booklist (starred review)
“Lyrical.”
USA Today
“Insightful and daring, Terkel always asks the right questions, whether culturally or musically.”
Publishers Weekly

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In March 1970, Maya Angelou sat down with Studs Terkel for a radio interview about her memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

Books by Studs Terkel

American Dreams
Lost and Found

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Giants of Jazz

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P.S.
Further Thoughts from a Lifetime of Listening

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