Jerome Kern: A Biography

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1981 Hard cover Unabridged. New in fine dust jacket. 182 p. Stein Day, USA, 1981. Hard Cover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine, shelf wear to DJ. 8vo-over ... 7?"-9?" tall. ABB07. Vastly influential songwriter and creator of the American musical. US composer and songwriter. He wrote many of the century's best-loved songs and played a leading part in replacing the European operetta by the American musical. He studied music in his native New York and briefly in Heidelberg. By 1904 he was working as a song plugger and rehearsal pianist in New York and also had a brief spell in London (1906). From 1915 he began to transform the American musical theatre by integrating songs with the dramatic action, rather than simply dropping them in. Very Good, Eddie was his first success that year, and deeply influenced Richard Rodgers. Showboat (1927) was probably the most influential show in the history of American musical plays; it included the hit songs Ol Man River', Can't Help Lovin Dat Man', and Why do I L Read more Show Less

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Contrary to Tin Pan Alley legend, Kern was not the son of poor immigrant parents; his folks were solidly upper-middle and keen racing fans. This bio of the composer of ``Showboat'' and ``Irene'' is thoroughgoing and highly readable, if marred here and there by such cliches as ``life was not all bliss.'' We go from his career as song-plugger, to his career as songwriter and composer of full-length book musicals that were advanced for their day. Unlike the '40s bio Till the Clouds Roll By, this book stresses Kern's sometimes cunning cleverness, his outsized ambitions and his ``vindictiveness.'' (Wife Eva would sit at home while Jerry attended all-night parties; the songwriter was also fond of the gaming tables.) Recommended for diehard show-biz fans and pop-culture cravers. (August)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780812827767
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/1981
  • Pages: 200

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