"Mr. Decker digs deeply into Astaire's creative process, anatomizing what went into each production... Illuminating, richly detailed analysis." Wall Street Journal 20110709 "Delving into production schedules, credit sheets, cast lists, and other studio paraphernalia, Decker gives us a good look at Astaire-related activity behind the scenes." New York Review Of Books 20120319 "Fascinating... Much in Decker's account of Astaire's musicianship and the range of this talents in Music Makes Me may come as a surprise." Times Literary Supplement (TLS) 20111209 "A worthy addition to the books that have been inspired by the genius of Fred Astaire." Reelzchannel Maltin On Movies 20110804 "A worthy resource... Highly Recommended." -- C. Wadsworth Walker Choice 20111201 "Illuminating... There is something of an unabashed joy in watching and hearing Astaire's routines, and Decker's book reflects that joy." -- Sarah Caissie Provost Clark University Notes (Music Library Assoc) 20121201 "Decker offers ... fascinating observations to underscore the idea of Astaire as ardent listener and lover of all things 'jazz.'" -- Jennifer R. Jenkins Film & History 20121123
Todd Decker is Assistant Professor of Music at Washington University in St. Louis.