james gavin
author, journalist

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photo of jg by michael childers

Please, please NEVER tell my life story. Your eyes are too keen."
-Richard Rodriguez, author and cultural critic

Available now from Atria Books/Simon & Schuster: paperback edition of
Is That All There Is?: The Strange Life of Peggy Lee (order HERE)

"James Gavin has captured the essence of the rich musical era that people like my dad, Nat King Cole, and Peggy defined. In his keenly observed, scrupulously researched biography he has also illuminated something very true and touching about the woman behind the glamour. I highly recommend this book."
-Natalie Cole

Nobody writes as eloquently, knowledgeably, and page-turningly about the midcentury music heroes who sang - and lived - our American story as James Gavin. His biography of Peggy Lee immerses us in a singular life of radiant self-invention.
-Sheila Weller (author of Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon - and the Journey of a Generation)

“Eminently readable ... fascinating, suspenseful, musically detailed and insightful.”
-Anita Gates, New York Times Book Review

A killer biographer"
-Tim Appelo,
Hollywood Reporter

FORTHCOMING: James Gavin's biography of GEORGE MICHAEL, to be published by Abrams.

JazzTimes interview with Jeff Tamarkin

Lambda Literary interview with Jamie Brickhouse

Also available from Atria Books: Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne
Excerpts on The Daily Beast and Vanity Fair.com

According to LIZ SMITH's
review of Stormy Weather:
"I wish I could do justice to this book. I cannot. It is impossible to convey its power ... Magnificent, gripping, marvelously written."

See also:
Liz in Variety, The New York Times Book Review, O, the Oprah Magazine, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, The New Yorker, Huffington Post, USA Today, Cindy Adams (New York Post), New York Newsday, Time Out New York, JazzTimes (Christopher Loudon), Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Boston Globe, Vogue.com, Playbill.com, More.com, TrendHunter.com, Bay Area Reporter, The Defenders (Eise Nefertari Ulen), Library Journal, Alan W. Petrucelli's Entertainment Report, Gay City News, Edge (John Amodeo), All About Jazz, St. Petersburg Times, Indianapolis Star, National Examiner, Shreveport Times, Hilary Gardner's Ad Alta Voce, AOL News (by Willard Jenkins), Correio Brasiliense (Brasilia, Brazil; by Juan Weik), Jerry Jazz Musician and Cabaret Scenes interviews with James, and Corey Jarrell's I'll Keep You Posted.

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photo by John Osler

ON TOUR: STORMY WEATHER: THE LIFE & MUSIC OF LENA HORNE starring MARY WILSON (formerly of the Supremes), JAMES GAVIN, and the LARRY DUNLAP TRIO (see Appearances)

Greil Marcus's review of Deep in a Dream: The Long Night of Chet Baker

Read a lengthy
one-to-one between James Gavin and Lee Mergner, editor of JazzTimes

click here for (ancient and abandoned) blog

All material herein, save for article photos: © James Gavin, 2017