Irving Berlin

New York Genius
CD - unabridged
Audio (9 discs)
Product Number: C06040
Released: Jan 23, 2020
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ISBN: #9781980059875
Narrator/s: L.J. Ganser
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A fast-moving, musically astute portrait of arguably the greatest composer of American popular music Irving Berlin (1888-1989) has been called-by George Gershwin, among others-the greatest songwriter of the golden age of the American popular song. "Berlin has no place in American music," legendary composer Jerome Kern wrote; "he is American music." In a career that spanned an astonishing nine decades, Berlin wrote some fifteen hundred tunes, including "Alexander's Ragtime Band," "God Bless America," and "White Christmas." From ragtime to the rock era, Berlin's work has endured in the very fiber of American national identity. Exploring the intertwining of Berlin's life with the life of New York City, noted biographer James Kaplan offers a visceral narrative of Berlin as self-made man and witty, wily, tough Jewish immigrant. This fast-paced, musically opinionated biography uncovers Berlin's unique brilliance as a composer of music and lyrics. Masterfully written and psychologically penetrating, Kaplan's book underscores Berlin's continued relevance in American popular culture.


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Irving Berlin
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Product Number:Z16057

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Author(s): James Kaplan
Narrator(s): L.J. Ganser
Product Number Z16057
Released: Nov 05, 2019
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Author(s): James Kaplan
Narrator(s): L.J. Ganser
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"L.J. Ganser's lively narration immerses listeners in the well-researched rags-to-riches story of Izzy Baline, better known to the world as Irving Berlin (1888-1989). Born in Russia, Berlin, with his family, escaped czarist pogroms by immigrating to New York's Lower East Side, where he began his career at 13, singing for pennies in bars and on street corners. Ganser captures the chutzpah and charisma of the small, dark-haired Jewish musical prodigy who was streetwise and financially savvy enough to become a wealthy, successful man by age 21. From Broadway to Hollywood, Berlin composed such memorable melodies as "Easter Parade," "White Christmas," and "God Bless America." Ganser engagingly traces the ups and downs of this incredibly gifted, highly respected, precociously prolific musical genius. Delightful listening. S.J.H. © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine"

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