From celebrated entertainer Michael Feinstein comes a beautifully
illustrated account of the lives and legacies of the Gershwins-told
through stories of twelve of their greatest songs.The "Ambassador
of the Great American Songbook" Michael Feinstein was just twenty
years old when he got the chance of a lifetime: a job with his
hero, Ira Gershwin. During their six-year partnership, the two
became close friends. Feinstein blossomed under Gershwin's
mentorship and Gershwin was reinvigorated by the younger man's zeal
for his and his brother George's legacy. Now, in The Gershwins and
Me, the only book of its kind, Michael Feinstein shares
unforgettable stories and reminiscences from the music that defined
American popular song, along with rare Gershwin memorabilia he's
collected through the years. From "Strike Up the Band" to "Love Is
Here to Stay," each of the twelve chapters highlights one of the
Gershwins' classic songs, exploring the brothers' lives,
illuminating what the music meant to them, and telling the stories
of how their iconic tunes came to life. Throughout the star-studded
narrative, Feinstein unfolds the moving chronicle of his own life
with the Gershwins, describing his vision for their enduring
presence today. No other writer could give us such an authoritative
inside perspective on these titans of American culture. A timeless
classic and the definitive account of the Gershwins and their
legacy, The Gershwins and Me will having you humming with every
turn of the page.
Simon & Schuster
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