The Gershwins and Me

The Gershwins and Me

A Personal History in Twelve Songs

Book - 2012
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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.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2012.
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781451645330
Characteristics: 351 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm. + 1 sound disc (digital ; 4 3/4 in.)
Additional Contributors: Jackman, Ian


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Jun 14, 2013

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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