Nice work if you can get it: my life in rhythm and rhyme

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Hyperion, Oct 1, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 406 pages
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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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Nice work if you can get it: my life in rhythm and rhyme

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Prior to emerging as a popular tuxedoed cabaret artist, Feinstein worked as Ira Gershwin's personal archivist. This book affords a fascinating glimpse into the bizarre Gershwin household late in Ira's ... Read full review

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This book taught me how to appreciate and sing a well-written lyric without weakening it! Such an interesting look into the values of the Gershwin family, through the eyes of an archivist who bacame a ... Read full review

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Plologue IN THE MAGIC CAVE
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Ckaptell WHY OH WHY OH WHY OH WHY DID I EVER
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Ckaptel2 ONCE THERE WERE TWO OF THEM
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