Pick Yourself Up

Pick Yourself Up : Dorothy Fields and the American Musical

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Dorothy Fields was best known as a lyricist, one of the few women who played a central role in the great period of American popular song from 1920 to 1960. Fields first became prominent writing the lyrics for Cotton Club shows in Harlem in the late 1920s and 1930s, and her most successful collaboration was with the great songwriter Jerome Kern. Her role as a music creator in a world dominated by men makes a fascinating and unusual story- with particular interest for woman today. Dorothy Fields first became prominent writing the lyrics for Cotton Club shows in Harlem in the late 1920s and 1930s, which included such songs as "I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby," and "On the Sunny Side of the Street." Her most successful collaboration was with the great songwriter Jerome Kern on three 1930s films, including the incomparable Swing Time with Rogers and Astaire, which produced such classic songs as "The Way You Look Tonight" and "A Fine Romance." Fields also collaborated with such prominent composers as Sigmund Romberg, Fritz Kreisler, Harold Arlen, Burton Lane, Arthur Schwartz, and Cy Coleman. Her lyrics were colloquial and urbane, sometimes slangy and sometimes sensuous. Her role as a music creator in a world dominated by men makes a fascinating and unusual story- with particular interest for woman today. Greenspan further discusses Fields in relation to other women songwriters and lyricists of the time.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 154.94 x 238.76 x 30.48mm | 566.99g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195111109
  • 9780195111101
  • 826,936

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A fine and entertaining biography ... Pick Yourself Up is a traditional cradle-to-grave life story, and ... is also in many ways a biography of the twentieth century musical. * Judith Flanders, The Times Literary Supplement. *show more

About Charlotte Greenspan

Charlotte Greenspan is a musicologist and pianist who has written extensively on music and film. She lives in Ithaca, New York.show more

Table of contents

1. The World of Her Father ; 2. The World of Her Family ; 3. The Teen Years ; 4. Marriage and Start of Career ; 5. What's Black and White and Heard All Over ; 6. Give My Refrains to Broadway ; 7. Hello to Hollywood ; 8. Change Partners and Write ; 9. The Best of Hollywood ; 10. End of an Era ; 11. Hollywood Through a Broadway Lense ; 12. Librettos Instead of Lyrics ; 13. Up In Central Park ; 14. Annie Get Your Gun ; 15. More Movies ; 16. The American Colonies and Brooklyn ; 17. Something Old, Something New ; 18. Sweet Charity ; 19. It's Where you Finish ; Appendix 1: List of Songs ; Appendix 2: List of Theatre Works and Movies / Endnotesshow more

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