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  • Hardcover: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard (February 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1458416704
  • ISBN-13: 978-1458416704
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #361,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The first thing to say about Don Kirshner: The Man With The Golden Ear is that even if you only have a passing interest in pop music you will want to read this. --Total Music Book Reviews

About the Author

RICH PODOLSKY, an established reporter and writer since the 1970s, has been a staff writer for CBS, and has written for TV Guide, ESPN, the Philadelphia Daily News, the Palm Beach Post, and the Wilmington News Journal. His passion for the music of the '60s led him to Don Kirshner and the amazing teenage songwriters he discovered.

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The author, Rich Podolsky, takes us on a voyage through Don Kirshner's incredible rise in the music industry.
L. Gershon
This is the story of great song writers such as Jerry Goffin and Carole King, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, and Neil Sedaka and Howie Greenfield.
Bill Emblom
This book gives a real "insiders" view of an amazing time in American Music - and the New York Music Scene in the early 60s and 70's.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mimi Alford on March 11, 2012
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Admitting love and ignorance at the same time is embarrassing but I am willing to do it. I love Rich Podolsky's outstanding biography of "Don Kirshner, The Man with the Golden Ear" because in every chapter Podolsky has taught me something new about the songs that captured me so long ago. I can see my record player. It looks like a small square gray and red suitcase. There it is, open on the floor with a stack of 45's on the fat spindle and I am dancing around my bedroom in a dreamy state...a young teenage girl. Even today, I remember all the lyrics and I pretend that I can sing along as I take a morning walk, plugged into my iPod. What I didn't know anything about until I read Podolsky's book was the business of making music - how these songs that I have cherished for so long came to exist. In telling the stories of how Kirshner's passion, determination and sometimes downright luck brought so many amazing young singers and writers together into the world of the Brill Building, Podolsky has written a book that is lively, informative and fun to read. I could feel the magic...even without turning my iPod on.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ken Rappaport on March 27, 2012
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WOW-I COULD'NT WAIT TO GET HOME EVERYDAY TO FINISH THE BOOK. IT WAS SO INFORMATIVE
GROWING UP IN BROOKLYN MAKES ME PROUD TO KNOW THAT THESE SINGER-SONGWRITERS WERE FROM COMMUNITIES JUST A FEW MILES FROM WHERE I LIVED. DON KIRSHNER WAS AMAZING BRINGING CAROLE KING/GERRRY GOFFIN, NEIL SEDAKA/HOWARD GREENFIELD, BARRY MANN/CYBTHIA WEIL AND OTHERS WITH 200 CHARTED HITS...UNREAL. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO ANYONE WHO IS A MUSIC BUFF 1958-1963. CHEERS TO RICH PODOLSKY,THE AUTHOR.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jmg on March 17, 2012
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This book was great! A bit embarrassed, I will admit that I did not know who Don Kirshner was, or that he indeed changed the face of rock and roll. But that is the very point - You do not need any knowledge of Don Kirshner to love the book and appreciate all he did to foster the best songwriters in the last 100 years to produce their and the very best. And the result is so many songs that people of all ages love - songs that have stood the test of time. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?, Loco-Motion, Splish Splash, You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'. I certainly did know or at least had heard of many of the characters in the book including Neil Sedaka, Bobby Darin, and Carole King to name a few. I loved hearing the history of the writing, recording, and releases some of the best known songs of all time. Songs lyrics written in 5 minutes on a napkin in a diner? Great stuff. I also really enjoyed the author's additions of personal notes of his successes, struggles, and sometime failures of attaining interviews with the musical geniuses that you will come to love and admire through reading the book. I cannot encourage you enough to branch out and read something a little different. I am sure you will love it as much as I did.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bill Emblom on April 15, 2014
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Author Rich Podolsky has written a much-needed biography of an under-appreciated member of our country's music during a five year period at the helm of Aldon music (Al Nevins and Don Kirshner). Kirshner had the foresight to understand the teenager of the late 1950s and early '60s and what they wanted in music. Perhaps it was because Kirshner was able to think like a teen that he had teens write the music that appealed to them. It was out with songs like The Yellow Rose of Texas and How Much Is That Doggie In The Window and in with numbers like Splish Splash and Stupid Cupid.

This is the story of great song writers such as Jerry Goffin and Carole King, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, and Neil Sedaka and Howie Greenfield. We also learn about singers such as Bobby Darin and Tony Orlando. There were some of the teen that stole pop music and it was Don Kirshner who was the leader in publishing their songs.

One group Don Kirshner wasn't able to get along with was The Monkees with their obnoxious behavior. After they had Don Kirshner fired it was ironic that they never again had a song rise above number three. People familiar with the songs of this time period are most likely oblivious to the man behind Aldon Music, Don Kirshner, who was elected posthumously to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the class of 2012.

If you were a teen during this time period and identify with this music you owe it to yourself to familiarize yourself with Don Kirshner. You may also want to order the DVD set sold here at Amazon called The Songmakers. Check it out. To my way of thinking it's a must have.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Courtney on March 16, 2012
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This book transported me right back to cheerleading practice. After an hour of cartwheels and jumps, my friends and I would wait for the bus and wind down by singing the immortal "dum doobie do dum dum" harmonies of Neil Sedaka's "Breaking Up is Hard to Do". Happily, Sedaka is prominently featured in Rich Podolsky's wonderful new book, as are so many of the gifted contemporaries whose careers were nurtured by Don Kirshner's infallible instinct for raw talent. Kirshner is a perfect example of man born into the right place and the right time, a time when the music industry seemed far less cold and corporate than it does now. The book is full of anecdotes that make the musicians and the era that spawned them come alive in such a personal way that once you start turning pages, I defy you to stop. Kirshner's exalted place in rock history is well-deserved and Rich Podolsky makes us understand why. So even if you didn't spend part of the 60's in cheerleading practice, order this book. It's a ride with the top down and the wind in your hair. You'll love it.
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