Books dedicated to Django's life   Courtesy of François Rousseau

Django by Patrick Williams (in French)
 
Éditions Parenthèses, 72, cours Julien, 13006, Marseille Collection eupalinos (soft cover) , two different editions illustrated ISBN 2-86364-612-5/ ISSN 1281-5853 (80 F), Version 2, 1998
The first edition on the left has more nice photos of Django taken in Samois and Le Bourget.

Table of content
Manouche
Avant le jazz, à coté du jazz, en deçà du jazz
La splendide éclosion (1935-1939)
La gloire dans la guerre
L'échec américain (november 1946-février 1947)
L'élan qui retombe (1947-1950)
La re-génération (bebop) (1951-1953)
Les héritiers
Situation de Django
Bibliographie (huge...)
Les séances d'enregistrement (1928-1953) (very detailed discography)
Index discographique (useful index)
Sélection des éditions compact-discs (worth taking a look)
Sélection discographique "les héritiers"
Index des morceaux cités
Index des noms

Notes : very different from all the other biography. It's got a taste of "PHD research" on Django, the Gipsy people and the heritage. You should look for this book while it is still available in book stores (the one on the right, 1998 edition...).

The section titled "Les Héritiers" is really great since it gives precious information on the musician that did follow Django's influence. A lot of CDs are still available today (though lot of great recordings are not re-edited).

La section "Les Héritiers" est formidable à mes yeux. Je ne peux me lasser de telles informations sur ces musiciens qui ont suivi la foulé de Django.

 
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