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Jolson, Al (1886-1950)

The following sources are recommended by a professor whose research specialty is the American film star Al Jolson.


Six Superlative Sources

· Al Jolson: A Bio-Bibliography. James Fisher. Greenwood Press, 1994. A research source that includes stageography, filmography, radiography, recordings, sheet music, bibliography, as well as biography.

· Jolson: The Legend Comes to Life. Herbert G. Goldman. Oxford University Press, 1988.

· Blackface, White Noise: Jewish Immigrants in the Hollywood Melting Pot. Michael Rogin. University of California Press, 1996.

· The Immortal Jolson: His Life and Times. Pearl Sieben. Frederick Fell, 1962. First significant biography.

· Al Jolson. Michael Freedland. Stein and Day, 1972.

· The American Musical Film. Rick Altman. Indiana University Press, 1989.

Other Excellent Sources

· Sonny Boy! the World of Al Jolson. Barrie Anderton. Jupiter Books, 1975.

· Take My Life. Eddie Cantor with Jane Kesner Ardmore. Doubleday, 1957.

· As I Remember Them. Eddie Cantor. Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1963.

· All My Best Friends. George Burns with David Fisher. Perigree Books, 1990.

· The Jew in American Cinema. Patricia Erens. Indiana University Press, 1984.

· The Shuberts of Broadway. Brooks McNamara. Oxford University Press, 1990.

· Al Jolson: "You Ain't Heard Nothin' Yet." Robert Oberfirst. A.S. Barnes, 1980.

· The Vaudevillians: A Dictionary of Vaudeville Performers. Anthony Slide. Arlington House, 1981.

· The Movie Musical from Vitaphone to 42nd Street. Miles Krueger. Dover, 1975.

· The Great Clowns of Broadway. Stanley Green. Oxford University Press, 1984.

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