The Gershwins and Me

A Personal History in Twelve Songs
Author: Michael Feinstein
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451645333
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 352
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From celebrated entertainer Michael Feinstein comes a beautifully illustrated account of the lives and legacies of the Gershwins—told through stories of twelve of their greatest songs. The “Ambassador of the Great American Songbook” Michael Feinstein was just twenty years old when he got the chance of a lifetime: a job with his hero, Ira Gershwin. During their six-year partnership, the two became close friends. Feinstein blossomed under Gershwin’s mentorship and Gershwin was reinvigorated by the younger man’s zeal for his and his brother George’s legacy. Now, in The Gershwins and Me, the only book of its kind, Michael Feinstein shares unforgettable stories and reminiscences from the music that defined American popular song, along with rare Gershwin memorabilia he’s collected through the years. From “Strike Up the Band” to “Love Is Here to Stay,” each of the twelve chapters highlights one of the Gershwins’ classic songs, exploring the brothers’ lives, illuminating what the music meant to them, and telling the stories of how their iconic tunes came to life. Throughout the star-studded narrative, Feinstein unfolds the moving chronicle of his own life with the Gershwins, describing his vision for their enduring presence today. No other writer could give us such an authoritative inside perspective on these titans of American culture. A timeless classic and the definitive account of the Gershwins and their legacy, The Gershwins and Me will having you humming with every turn of the page.

The Gershwins and Me (Enhanced Edition)

A Personal History in Twelve Songs
Author: Michael Feinstein
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1476709424
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 352
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This special enhanced eBook includes twelve Gershwin classics performed by Michael Feinstein and commentary from the author on the music and the lives of George and Ira Gershwin. From celebrated entertainer Michael Feinstein comes a beautifully illustrated account of the lives and legacies of the Gershwins—told through stories of twelve of their greatest songs. The “Ambassador of the Great American Songbook” Michael Feinstein was just twenty years old when he got the chance of a lifetime: a job with his hero, Ira Gershwin. During their six-year partnership, the two became close friends. Feinstein blossomed under Gershwin’s mentorship and Gershwin was reinvigorated by the younger man’s zeal for his and his brother George’s legacy. Now, in The Gershwins and Me, the only book of its kind, Michael Feinstein shares unforgettable stories and reminiscences from the music that defined American popular song, along with rare Gershwin memorabilia he’s collected through the years. From “Strike Up the Band” to “Love Is Here to Stay,” each of the twelve chapters highlights one of the Gershwins’ classic songs, exploring the brothers’ lives, illuminating what the music meant to them, and telling the stories of how their iconic tunes came to life. Throughout the star-studded narrative, Feinstein unfolds the moving chronicle of his own life with the Gershwins, describing his vision for their enduring presence today. No other writer could give us such an authoritative inside perspective on these titans of American culture—and no other writer could include such a soulful collection of music as Feinstein’s original recordings of the twelve songs. A timeless classic and the definitive account of the Gershwins and their legacy, The Gershwins and Me will having you humming with every turn of the page.

Fascinating Rhythm

The Collaboration of George and Ira Gershwin
Author: Deena Rosenberg
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 9780472084692
Category: Music
Page: 520
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Offers special insight into some of the most popular songs of the twentieth century

The Gershwin Style

New Looks at the Music of George Gershwin
Author: Wayne Schneider
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0195358155
Category: Music
Page: 304
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Even as orchestras, performers, enthusiasts, and critics across the nation--and across the globe--celebrate the one-hundredth anniversary of his birth, George Gershwin (1898-1937) remains one of America's most popular yet least appreciated composers. True, he is loved and revered for his wonderful popular songs, a few instrumental works, and the majestic opera Porgy and Bess. But most of his music is virtually unknown; hundreds of compositions, Broadway show tunes, and even several large and important instrumental works are gradually disappearing with the generations that first heard them. The Gershwin Style: New Looks at the Music of George Gershwin is a bold new work that stands in opposition to this disappearance. It is also a fresh collection of essays that promises to make a key contribution to American music research. Editor Wayne Schneider has corralled some of the leading authorities of Gershwin's efforts--renowned experts and authors who have researched his music for years if not decades--and sets their work alongside articles by scholars who come to Gershwin for the first time from backgrounds in American music or popular music in general. The notable contributors include Wayne D. Shirley, Charles Hamm, Edward Jablonski, and Artis Wodehouse (who has transcribed nearly all of Gershwin's piano performances). No one who surveys the American musical landscape can doubt Gershwin's enduring popularity or profound influence, but his critical standing among today's serious music scholars is much less certain. As Schneider points out in his Introduction, there have been many biographies of Gershwin but comparatively few studies of his music in and of itself. Covering both the "popular" and "classical" extremes of Gershwin's output, as well as the many and subtle points in between, this book reevaluates the music of an American original from several enlightening perspectives. This is a book with much to offer any student or scholar of American music--while some essays explore new methods of measuring Gershwin's abilities as a composer, others draw on hitherto unavailable musical and archival sources to make arguments previously unthinkable. The essays gathered here, most of which were written especially for this volume, thus address a number of important research topics, among them biography, source studies, music analysis, performance practice, and questions of interpretation and reception. The contributions also reflect the wide diversity of contemporary thinking regarding the logic, legacy, and lure of Gershwin's music.

"On My Way": The Untold Story of Rouben Mamoulian, George Gershwin, and Porgy and Bess


Author: Joseph Horowitz
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393240134
Category: Music
Page: 282
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A former New York Times music critic and award-winning author describes the contributions of the stage and film master director to the Gershwin's classic American folk opera that originally premiered in 1935. 10,000 first printing.

The Strange Career of Porgy and Bess

Race, Culture, and America’s Most Famous Opera
Author: Ellen Noonan
Publisher: UNC Press Books
ISBN: 0807837334
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 440
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Created by George Gershwin and DuBose Heyward and sung by generations of black performers, Porgy and Bess has been both embraced and reviled since its debut in 1935. In this comprehensive account, Ellen Noonan examines the opera's long history of invention and reinvention as a barometer of twentieth-century American expectations about race, culture, and the struggle for equality. In its surprising endurance lies a myriad of local, national, and international stories. For black performers and commentators, Porgy and Bess was a nexus for debates about cultural representation and racial uplift. White producers, critics, and even audiences spun revealing racial narratives around the show, initially in an attempt to demonstrate its authenticity and later to keep it from becoming discredited or irrelevant. Expertly weaving together the wide-ranging debates over the original novel, Porgy, and its adaptations on stage and film with a history of its intimate ties to Charleston, The Strange Career of "Porgy and Bess" uncovers the complexities behind one of our nation's most long-lived cultural touchstones.

Harpo Speaks!


Author: Harpo Marx,Rowland Barber
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
ISBN: 0879105445
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 482
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(Limelight). "This is a riotous story which is reasonably mad and as accurate as a Marx brother can make it. Despite only a year and a half of schooling, Harpo, or perhaps his collaborator, is the best writer of the Marx Brother. Highly recommended." Library Journal . "A funny, affectionate and unpretentious autobiography done with a sharply professional assist from Rowland Barber." New York Times Book Review

The Encyclopedia of Popular Music


Author: Colin Larkin
Publisher: Omnibus Press
ISBN: 0857125958
Category: Music
Page: 1600
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This text presents a comprehensive and up-to-date reference work on popular music, from the early 20th century to the present day.

The Oxford Companion to the American Musical

Theatre, Film, and Television
Author: Thomas S. Hischak
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0195335333
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 923
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A reference that covers American stage, film, and television musicals from 1860 to 2007 offers information on the musical productions and the historical evolution of the musical, as well as on performers, composers, and producers.

Traditions, Institutions, and American Popular Tradition

A special issue of the journal Contemporary Music Review
Author: John Covach,Walter Everett
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134430450
Category: Music
Page: 88
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First Published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Love Signs and You

The Ultimate Astrological Guide to Love, Sex, and Relationships
Author: Skye Alexander,Rochelle Gordon,Nadia Stiegltz
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9780743476492
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: 863
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Love Signs and You is the definitive volume of romantic astrology.

Me, Myself and Ike


Author: K.L. Denman
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
ISBN: 1554695066
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Page: 208
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After watching a TV program about Otzi, a 5,000-year-old "Ice Man," Kit's friend Ike becomes convinced that Kit's destiny is to become the next ice man—a source of information for future generations. Together they obtain artifacts they think will accurately reflect life in the early twenty-first century and plan their journey to a nearby mountain. Kit gets tattoos similar to Otzi's, writes a manifesto and tries to come to terms with making the ultimate sacrifice. As he grows more and more agitated and isolated, his family and friends suspect that something is terribly wrong, but before they can discover the true severity of the situation, Kit and Ike set off on what could be their last journey.

Orange, Black and Grey


Author: Mark Raines
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1441595953
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 211
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Modernism and Popular Music


Author: Ronald Schleifer
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139497472
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: N.A
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Traditionally, ideas about twentieth-century 'modernism' - whether focused on literature, music or the visual arts - have made a distinction between 'high' art and the 'popular' arts of best-selling fiction, jazz and other forms of popular music, and commercial art of one form or another. In Modernism and Popular Music, Ronald Schleifer instead shows how the music of George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Thomas 'Fats' Waller and Billie Holiday can be considered as artistic expressions equal to those of the traditional high art practices in music and literature. Combining detailed attention to the language and aesthetics of popular music with an examination of its early twentieth-century performance and dissemination through the new technologies of the radio and phonograph, Schleifer explores the 'popularity' of popular music in order to reconsider received and seeming self-evident truths about the differences between high art and popular art and, indeed, about twentieth-century modernism altogether.

The Sheet Music of George Gershwin

A Pictorial Price Guide
Author: Thomas Inglis,Janice Grower
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 097841120X
Category:
Page: 116
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Come to Say Good-bye


Author: Yvonne Wilson
Publisher: Dreamcatcher Publishing
ISBN: 9781894372206
Category: Fiction
Page: 205
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Broadway Babies Say Goodnight

Musicals Then and Now
Author: Mark Steyn
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136685081
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 352
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The glorious tradition of the Broadway musical from Irving Berlin to Jerome Kern and Rodgers and Hammerstein to Stephen Sondheim. And then . . . Cats and Les Miz. Mark Steyn's Broadway Babies Say Goodnight is a sharp-eyed view of the whole span of Broadway musical history, seven decades of brilliant achievements the best of which are among the finest works American artists have made. Show Boat, Oklahoma!, Carousel, Gypsy, and more. In an energetic blend of musical history, analysis, and backstage chat, Mark Steyn shows us the genius behind the 'simple' musical, and asks hard questions about the British invasion of Broadway and the future of the form. In this delicious book he gives us geniuses and monsters, hits and atomic bombs, and the wonderful stories that prove show business is a business which -- as the song goes --there's no business like.

Carrie and Me

A Mother-Daughter Love Story
Author: Carol Burnett
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1476755795
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 224
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The comedienne and actress draws on diary entries, correspondence, and family memories to present a tribute to her late daughter that traces Carrie's struggles with self-esteem and addiction before her cancer-related death, in an account that also sharesthe life lessons they learned together.

The Pain Management Handbook

A Concise Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment
Author: M. Eric Gershwin,Maurice E. Hamilton
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9780896034235
Category: Medical
Page: 379
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Written by a multidisciplinary team of highly experienced clinicians, the book concisely discusses the differential diagnosis of pain throug hout the body, describes appropriate diagnostic tests that will confir m the diagnosis, and presents the key treatment options in practical t erms, complete with recommended medications and doses. The Pain Manage ment Handbook will assist both primary care providers and specialists in the rapid diagnosis and treatment of pain. It provides all the info rmation clinicians need to develop strategies that optimize pain manag ement in their patients.

Thoughts on a Rainy Day


Author: Robert Ross
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1469118262
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 152
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ROBERT ROSS WAS BORN IN THE EARLY 20S IN SAN FRANCISCO IN THE COW HOLLOW DISTRICT WHICH IS NOW KNOWN AS THE MARINA DISTRICT HE SPENT HIS EARLY YEARS WITH HIS GOD PARENTS WHO RESIDED AT A NOTORIOUS GAMBLING HALL DURING THE PROHIBITION YEARS. AFTER SPENDING A YEAR IN THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORP HE JOINED THE MERCHANT MARINES AND SERVED IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR. AT THE END OF THE WAR HE MET AND MARRIED A LOVELY YOUNG WOMAN THEY HAD SIX CHILDREN TWO GIRLS AND FOUR BOYS. HE AND HIS WIFE MARCELLA SPENT FIFTY FIVE YEARS OF WEDDED BLISS UNTIL HER PASSING ON JULY 24TH 2000. HE BEGAN WRITING AFTER HER PASSING TO PASS AWAY THE LONELY HOURS. HE WROTE THREE OTHER BOOKS, HIS AUTOBIO A WESTERN AND A DRAMA THIS BOOK IS HIS REFLEXIONS ON HIS PAST LIFE AND TIMES. THERE HAS BEEN MANY CHANGES SINCE HIS CHILDHOOD WHICH HE REMENISCES ABOUT IN THIS BOOK.THIS IS HIS PERSONAL THOUGHTS OF HOW THE WORLD HAS CHANGED FOR THE BETTER OR THE WORSE.