As Thousands Cheer: The Life of Irving Berlin

As Thousands Cheer: The Life of Irving Berlin by Laurence Bergreen 0670818747 9780670818747
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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 Americas most successful and most representative songwriter, composing such hits as Alexanders Ragtime Band, Cheek to Cheek, Lets Face the Music and Dance, Puttin on the Ritz, White Christmas, Anything You Can Do, Theres 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 Berlins 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 wasnt quite good enough.

Author: Laurence Bergreen

Language: English

Edition: First Edition

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 658

Publisher: Viking

Publication Date: 1990-07-04

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