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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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Publisher: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, 2012
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 1451645325
9781451645323
1451645333
9781451645330
1451645317
9781451645316
1451645309
9781451645309
Characteristics: 351 pages :,illustrations (some color) ;,27 cm +,1 sound disc (4 3/4 in.)
Additional Contributors: Jackman, Ian

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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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