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Irving Berlin : American troubadour

Author: Edward Jablonski
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Although he could play piano in only one key and never learned to read music, or to transcribe it, Irving Berlin wrote some 1,500 songs, dozens of them part of the enduring body of Broadway lore. Irving Berlin was born in czarist Russia in 1888. His family immigrated to America in 1893 and settled in a tenement on New York's Lower East Side. Running away from home at age thirteen, he worked as a busker in the
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Irving Berlin; Irving Berlin; Irving Berlin; Irving Berlin
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Edward Jablonski
ISBN: 0805040773 9780805040777
OCLC Number: 38478417
Description: viii, 406 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Prelude: Golden Shore --
The Bow'ry --
Wandering Minstrel --
Up and Down Broadway --
This is the Army, Mr. B --
The Music Boxes --
Facing the Music --
Cross-Country Trauma --
Comeback --
New Deal --
Twice in a Lifetime --
Old-Fashioned Smash --
There's No Business --
Gray Skies --
Swan Songs? --
Coda: A Hundred and One --
The Songs of Irving berlin --
Representative Recordings --
Irving Berlin Films on Videocassette --
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Even though he never learned to read music and could only play the piano in one key, Irving Berlin published some 800 songs, many of which were used in Broadway productions. This biography tells of  Read more...

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"If you want a single book that is bound to tell you something you did not know about the 20th Century, and hold your interest, and make you think, this is the volume for you." (The Times (London))

 
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