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Irving Berlin: A Life in Song

3.67  ·  Rating Details  ·  9 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
To chronicle the life of "America's songster", Furia draws on original research and documents from the Berlin estate to provide a full picture of Berlin's life and achievements. 30 illustrations. Index.
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published November 1st 1998 by Schirmer Trade Books (first published November 1997)
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Irish Gal
Jan 23, 2015 Irish Gal rated it really liked it
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The title is "A Life in Song" and this version of his life is focused on the music. So much that I had to stop reading and look up some of the (unfamiliar to me) songs online, so I could hear them performed and better understand the author's analysis. Overall there was a little too much analysis for my taste. But I learned a lot about the music industry during Irving's lifetime, as well as a little about this brilliant man and his process.
Barbara Phillips-Farley
The typical Furia treatment -- the same examples as in his other books about Tin Pan Alley songsters. However, Berlin's life was so rich and such a model of American inventiveness and energy that it is worth reading.
Carissa
May 24, 2012 Carissa rated it really liked it
An interesting biography of Irving Berlin, one of the great American songwriters of the 20th century. The book is based around his songwriting career, and therefore focuses more on his songs and songwriting than his personal life. Overall, a fun, quick read for anyone interested in learning about a prominent contributor to the Great American Songbook.
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