The Gershwins and Me

The Gershwins and Me

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From celebrated entertainer Michael Feinstein comes a beautifully illustrated account of the lives and legacies of the Gershwinsa€”told through stories of twelve of their greatest songs. The a€œAmbassador of the Great American Songbooka€ 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 Gershwina€™s mentorship and Gershwin was reinvigorated by the younger mana€™s zeal for his and his brother Georgea€™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 hea€™s collected through the years. From a€œStrike Up the Banda€ to a€œLove Is Here to Stay, a€ each of the twelve chapters highlights one of the Gershwinsa€™ classic songs, exploring the brothersa€™ 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.George was end- lessly and easily creative; Ira had to work and work to find inspiration. ... principal constraint besides the tune itself was that, as all first-class lyric writers did, he had to use a perfect rhyme scheme. ... (In these days of nonrhym- ing songs, it is necessary to explain this basic tenet of classic song versifying.)anbsp;...

Title:The Gershwins and Me
Author:Michael Feinstein
Publisher:Simon and Schuster - 2012-10-16


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