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The Gershwins and Me

A Personal History in Twelve Songs
Feinstein, Michael (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Gershwins and Me
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Authors: Feinstein, Michael
Title: The Gershwins and me
a personal history in twelve songs
Publisher: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, 2012
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
Characteristics: 351 pages :,illustrations (some color) ;,27 cm +,1 sound disc (4 3/4 in.)
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Contents: George and Ira : the music and the words
The musical theater
Ira and me
Michael and George
Music and society
"One plus one equals three" : love songs and how to write them
Performing and interpreting the song
Why some songs survive and others don't
The top of the mountain? : Porgy and Bess
Hollywood and the end
George Gershwin's musical reputation
What might have been
Additional Contributors: Jackman, Ian
ISBN: 1451645325
9781451645323
1451645333
9781451645330
1451645317
9781451645316
1451645309
9781451645309
Statement of Responsibility: Michael Feinstein ; with Ian Jackman
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Popular music Writing and publishing United States Feinstein, Michael Gershwin, Ira, 1896-1983 Gershwin, George, 1898-1937
Topical Term: Popular music
LCCN: 2012006833
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Jun 14, 2013
  • pokano rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Entertaining if a bit too detailed account of George and Ira Gershwin by the singer Michael Feinstein, who--at the age of 20--was hired by Ira to catalogue the Gershwins' collection. Much better than the The Hammersteins, this book includes a CD of Feinstein singing the title songs of each chapter, most of which are songs every American should know: Strike Up the Band, The Man I Love, 'S Wonderful, I've Got a Crush on You, They All Laughed, Someone to Watch over Me, Embraceable You, I Got Plenty of Nuttin', They Can't Take that Away from Me, I Got Rhythm, Love Is Here to Stay. Lots of interesting photos as well as juicy tidbits about not only the Gershwins, but Fred Astaire (who knew his sister was the real star?), Ginger Rogers, Ethel Merman, and more. Feinstein does not shrink from giving us his own opinions, many of which I agree with, but this book will enjoyed by anyone who loves the Great American Songbook

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