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Strange and wonderful read. Fascinating stories, unusual writing style. You'll want to look up melodies you can't quite recall...Published 1 month ago by Elizabeth King
This is a well-informed and breezy account of the life and works of some of the greatest songwriters ever -- Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Harold Arlen, and many... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jonathan Groner
This is a first-rate book. If you love the classic music of the Great American Songbook, and want to know some more about the folks who wrote that music (and those amazing lyrics),... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Harris Abrams
Some great anecdotes and a few nice insights but ultimately unevenly written and just plain self-indulgent. Read morePublished on October 27, 2013 by Qwerty49
Reading this was, for me, pure pleasure. The only thing missing was a supplemental music recording or two, so as to enjoy all the work that is covered.Published on October 2, 2013 by S. Rose
The author points out his observations regarding the melodies of the songs which are familiar to all of us the minor chords suggestive of yiddush runs of ascending notes. Read morePublished on July 25, 2013 by Barbara L. Favia
What a wonderful topic. Too bad the author had to spoil it through his cutesy, folksie style. Lots of interesting material but the writing style is totally distracting. Read morePublished on April 11, 2013 by DK
I enjoyed this book immensely. It looked at the contributions Jews made to the American songbook and made a convincing argument that the bulk of popular 20th century music echoed... Read morePublished on February 24, 2012 by G.I Gurdjieff