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Gershwin Yrs PB

Gershwin Yrs PB

Edward Jablonski, Lawrence D. Stewart

ISBN: 9780306807398

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Both the definitive biography of the Gershwin brothers and a lavishly illustrated chronicle of the American era their music and lyrics embodied, "The Gershwin Years" celebrates the musical achievements of George (1898-1937) and Ira (1896-1983) while offering a revealing inside look at their lives. The brothers drew inspiration from its varied faces--black culture from "Porgie and Bess, " the frantic sophistication of the 1920s for such musical comedies as "Funny Face" and "Girl "Crazy, the tumult of American politics for the satirical "Of Thee I Sing. "From George's Tin Pan Alley days as a song plugger and Ira's first attempts at lyric writing to their conquest of Broadway and Hollywood, from their collaborations and George's solo compositions ("Rhapsody in Blue, Concerto in F, " and "An American in Paris") to George's death from a brain tumor and Ira's later work with Kern, Weill, and Arlen, "The Gershwin Years" presents an authoritative, visually stunning, and altogether delightful account of the "Wright Brothers" of American music.
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