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Interview: James Gavin, Author of New Peggy Lee Bio

“Is That All There Is?” is a comprehensive portrait of a troubled, brilliant artist

Peggy Lee
Peggy Lee
Peggy Lee

Is That All There Is? The Strange Life of Peggy Lee (Atria Books), by James Gavin, is one of the most critically acclaimed music biographies of 2014. The New York Times called the book “fascinating, suspenseful, careful, musically detailed and insightful, and sometimes all too painstakingly thorough,” while the Wall Street Journal deemed it “a probing, perceptive account.” Exhaustively researched and meticulously constructed, the bio paints Lee as a complex, contradictory creature whose inner turmoil often ran directly counter to the easygoing image she projected in her vocal style.

JazzTimes interviewed author Gavin via email.

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