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George Gershwin by Howard Pollack
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Aug 10, 2008

really liked it

I read my first Gershwin biography when I was in my late teens.

I guess whenever you totally revere someone, there's always a risk of being a little disillusioned when you read an honest biography about them. I had always regarded Gershwin as someting of a superhuman being. After reading the book I realized that Gerswhin was a mere human who was in possession of super abilities and talents.

Reading this excellent biography reinforces the idea that Gershwin, while personally imperfect, wrote music that was as perfect as any music ever written.

And I think its fascinating someone so gifted in music would just happen to have a brother (Ira) equally gifted in lyric writing.
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