The forgotten history of the all-girl big bands of the World War II era takes center stage in Sherrie Tucker's Swing Shift
. American demands for swing skyrocketed with the onslaught of war as millions - isolated from loved ones - sought diversion, comfort, and social contact through music and dance. Although all-female jazz and dance bands have existed since the 1920s, now hundreds of such groups, both African American and white, barnstormed ballrooms, theaters, dance halls, military installations, and makeshift USO stages on the home front and abroad.
Hardcover, 410 pages.