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NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT My Life in Rhythm and Rhyme

Feinstein, Michael

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ISBN 10: 0786860936 / ISBN 13: 9780786860937
Published by Hyperion, New York, 1995
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Good in a Very Good dust jacket. Hinge is starting. Stated First Edition. ; ; 9.40 X 6.20 X 1 inches; 416 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 70465

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Title: NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT My Life in ...

Publisher: Hyperion, New York

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: First Edition; First Printing.

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Looking back on his beginnings as a performer, one of America's most popular cabaret singers pays tribute to the Gershwins and the other composers who inspired him, reflecting on what made their music great. Tour.

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Feinstein is well known as a pianist and a singer, but at his essence, he is an archivist and the keeper of a flame. Perhaps the foremost interpreter of the golden age of popular music, Feinstein worked closely with Ira Gershwin during the last years of the lyricist's life, cataloging and organizing his oeuvre. The anecdotes about daily life at the Gershwin home with the gentle, dying Ira and his fractious wife, Lee, as well as the story of how a young kid out of Columbus, Ohio, got such a dream job in the first place, are fascinating enough, but there's much more. Through Feinstein's association with Gershwin, he met many of the great songwriters of the 1930s and 1940s--and he heard plenty about the ones he was unable to meet. This wonderfully entertaining book is filled with stories about almost all the musical greats: Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, and Jerome Kern, to name a few. Although a bit of dirt is dished, what shines through on every page is Feinstein's deep affection for these men and his absolute love for the music they wrote. It's impossible for readers (of a certain age, anyway) not to read this book without a rich, toe-tapping soundtrack playing in their heads. An absolutely essential addition that will have as long a shelf life as the music it chronicles. Ilene Cooper

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