Ralph is the brother of 20’s innovative Jazz drummer Vic Berton. Vic played with Bix in the Wolverines and also in the Paul Whiteman Orchestra. The book is based on stories Vic told Ralph about the early Jazz era and all about Bix Beiderbecke. This is a great read for those that want to know what it was like as Jazz started sweeping the land and the tragic story of Bix. The book also paints a very unflattering portrait of Paul Whiteman.
Nat Hentoff writes extensively about music and music history.