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As Thousands Cheer : The Life Of Irving Berlin

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Irving Berlin (1888-1989) was unable to read or write music and could only play the piano in the key of F-sharp major yet, for the first half of the twentieth century he was America's most successful and most representative songwriter, composing such hits as "Alexander's Ragtime Band," "Cheek to Cheek," "Let's Face the Music and Dance," "Puttin' on the Ritz," "White Christmas," "Anything You Can Do," "There's No Business Like Show Business," and "God Bless America." As Thousands Cheer, winner of the Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award, explores with precision and sensitivity Berlin's long, prolific career his self-doubt and late-blooming misanthropy and the tyrannical control he exerted over his legacy of song. From his immigrant beginnings through Tin Pan Alley, Broadway, and Hollywood to his reclusive and bitter final years, this definitive biography reveals the man who wrote 1500 songs but could never quash the fear that, for all his success, he wasn't quite good enough.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 702 pages
  • 139.7 x 215.9 x 43.18mm | 884.5g
  • Da Capo Press Inc
  • New York, NY, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Da Capo Press
  • 0306806754
  • 9780306806759
  • 1,162,568

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Irving Berlin (1888-1989) was unable to read or write music and could only play the piano in the key of F sharp major; yet, for the first half of the twentieth century he was America's most successful and most representative songwriter, composing such hits as "Alexander's Ragtime Band", "Cheek to Cheek", "Let's Face the Music and Dance", "Puttin' on the Ritz", "White Christmas", "Anything You Can Do", "There's No Business Like Show Business", and "God Bless America". As Thousands Cheer, winner of the Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award, explores with precision and sensitivity Berlin's long, prolific career; his self-doubt and late-blooming misanthropy; and the tyrannical control he exerted over his legacy of song. From his immigrant beginnings through Tin Pan Alley, Broadway, and Hollywood to his reclusive and bitter final years, this definitive biography reveals the man who wrote 1500 songs but could never quash the fear that, for all his success, he wasn't quite good enough.
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Table of contents

Discovery (18881914) * Lost Souls * Prince and Pauper * Tin Pan Alley * Reinventing Ragtime * Love and Death Recognition (19141924) * Broadway Bound * The Great American Composer? * Sergeant Berlin * From the Music Box to the Round Table Acclaim (19241945) * Mackays Millions * Ellin * Heartbreak House * Recovery * Hollywood Refuge * Minstrel of Peace * Minstrel of Was Retreat (19461989) * One-Upmanship * Tycoon * Irving Likes Us * The Cheering Stops * Coda Chronology * Songs by Irving Berlin * Scores for Stage Productions and Motion Pictures
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About Laurence Bergreen

Laurence Bergreen is the author of acclaimed biographies of James Agee and Al Capone. A writer for numerous publications, including Esquire, Newsweek, New York Times, and American Film, he lives in New York City.
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