Is there a noir book that is comprehensive in the sense of in-depth coverage in the kind of ways that Gunther Schuller has done in his book "The Swing Era"? He ends up discussing a vast number of records, but organized uniquely.
How would such a book on noir be structured?
Schuller's 1000-pager has an interesting organization.
1. The King of swing, Benny Goodman, 3-45
2. Duke Ellington, Master composer 46-157
3. Louis Armstrong 158-197
4. The quintessence of swing 198-262 (Jimmie Lunceford and Count Basie)
He then moves from these noted artists to
5. The Great Black Bands 263-425, in which he meticulously considers the music of bands like Fletcher Henderson, Chick Webb, McKinney's Cotton Pickers, Earl Hines, Cab Calloway, Andy Kirk, and more.
6. The Great Soloists, 426-631 Art Tatum, Coleman Hawkins, Roy Eldridge, Teddy Wilson, Red Norvo, Billie Holiday, Lester Young, and more.
7. The White Bands 632-769 Casa Loma, Dorsey Brothers, Artie Shaw, Gene Krupa, and more.
8. The Territory Bands 770-805
9. Small groups 806-843 Red Nichols, John Kirby, King Cole, Rex Stewart, Lennie Tristano and more
10. Things to come 844-854
How might a classic noir tome be shaped?
1-4: Are there a few individuals whose work covers noir as Goodman, Ellington, Armstrong , Lunceford and Basie in some ways create, epitomize and house swing? Maybe. Maybe not.
5 and 7. Are major studios the analogs to Bands? Their products are certainly distinctive. Are the crews analogous to the bands?
8. Are lesser studios the territory bands? Are b-films the small groups?
6. Are the great soloists the great actors?
Picture a book along these lines.
Has it been written yet? You are the experts on books on noir.