By Gene Santoro
March 19, 1993 at 05:00 AM EST

Swing, Swing, Swing: The Life & Times of Benny Goodman

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Horatio Alger had nothing on Benny Goodman. Ross Firestone’s solid new biography, Swing, Swing, Swing: The Life & Times of Benny Goodman, captures the luck and pluck that took the brilliant clarinetist from his dirt-poor Chicago origins to his 1935 coronation as the King of Swing. Thanks to his crown, Goodman made a great deal of money, married a Vanderbilt, and got roomfuls of awards and honors. But haunted by his early poverty and goaded by perfectionism, he never stopped pushing himself and those around him. Firestone’s quote-packed overview marks all the Goodman milestones and manages to do justice to a complicated man and his music. A

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