Nice work if you can get it: my life in rhythm and rhyme
One of the most popular interpreters of the classic American song is also a real writer, as evidenced by Michael Feinstein's spirited, witty, enormously entertaining book about his love affair with Tin Pan Alley. In his early twenties Feinstein moved to Los Angeles and through Oscar Levant's widow, June, was introduced to one of his idols, Ira Gershwin. For the next six years he immersed himself in the world of the Gershwins - Ira and the living memory of his brother George - cataloguing records, music, and memorabilia, and in the process discovering his true calling: ensuring the continued vitality of the American popular song. Nice Work If You Can Get It chronicles not only Feinstein's appreciation of the Gershwins, but also of Cole Porter, Harry Warren (42nd Street), Sammy Cahn, and Irving Berlin. Tommy Tune, Liza Minnelli, Rosemary Clooney, and other musical luminaries also make appearances in a volume full of anecdotes about every major figure in American musical theater and cabaret, with a firm grounding in the art of songwriting itself.
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Review: Nice Work If You Can Get It: My Life in Rhythm and RhymeUser Review - Goodreads
I am a fan of Michael Feinstein, so I loved this book, but I also became more of a fan of Ira Gershwin. He worked as Ira's personal assistant for the years before he died and provided wonderful insight into the life of both Ira and George Gershwin. Great read for music lovers.
Review: Nice Work If You Can Get It: My Life in Rhythm and RhymeUser Review - Bruce - Goodreads
Michael Feinstein regards himself as a song stylist in the model of… Perry Como??? Yes, Perry Como is the treacly crooner he name-checks. Now, if you read this book or know anything about Feinstein's ... Read full review
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