Marvin: Based on The Way I Was by Marvin Hamlisch

Marvin: Based on The Way I Was by Marvin Hamlisch


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As only the second person in history to be awarded the PEGOT (Pulitzer, Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony), Marvin Hamlisch has quite an incredible story. This graphic novel adaptation of the biography of the renowned musician, composer, and conductor also includes his family’s flight from Nazi-occupied Austria and their immigration to the United States. Accepted into the prestigious Juilliard music school at age 6, Marvin had to work hard to overcome intense anxiety before every performance. Despite his struggles and his self-doubt, he celebrated his first radio hit in his teens, wrote songs for a young Liza Minelli, worked with Barbra Streisand on Funny Girl, and won his first major award before the age of 30.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764359040
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
Publication date: 02/28/2020
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 252,246
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile: 800L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Born in 1967, Ian David Marsden spent his formative years in Zurich, Switzerland. He later worked and lived in places all over the world, now residing in the Pic Saint Loup region of the south of France with his wife and three daughters, who are his pride and joy, and an ever-growing cast of pets.

Customer Reviews

Marvin: Based on The Way I Was by Marvin Hamlisch 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
diane92345 5 days ago
In 1950 at age six, Marvin Hamlisch was the youngest student to be accepted to Juilliard, the famous New York City music school. He auditioned with a then-modern pop song, Goodnight Irene, instead of the usual classical music selection. Marvin was the American son of Jewish Austrian immigrants forced out of Vienna by Hitler. His parents assumed that his future is made after his acceptance at Juilliard. However, Marvin was wracked by stage fright before each recital. He quickly realized that he wasn’t the next world-famous classical pianist. For Marvin was interested in pop music that was playing on the radio in the 1950s and 60s. Marvin’s first stage production was H.M.S. Pinafore with his sixth grade classroom. Around the same time, Marvin found his first lyricist, a distant relative who would soon marry his sister. Soon they were popping out top 40 hits and eventually whole scores of musicals. Marvin’s story is a typical American rags-to-riches based on chutzpah and talent alone. However, the best part of this graphic novel for me was the story of his parent’s life in Austria pre-Hitler, post-Hitler, and how they individually escaped to Liechtenstein and eventually America. Their story is an heartwrenching tale of risking it all for love and freedom. I remember many of Marvin’s plays from my youth. He wrote the scores of The Sting and Chorus Line. For his work in many environments, he won a coveted EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony). A lot can be learned from Marvin’s life and especially about the racism his family endured under the Nazis. 5 stars! Thanks to Schiffer Publishing Ltd. and NetGalley for granting a wish for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
MountainChickenLady 21 days ago
This is a very well done story of the early life of Marvin Hamlisch, whose family escaped the Nazis just in time, to come to America, where Marvin could carry on the music career that his father had had to abandon in Vienna. Quite amazing, as it always is in the music and film industry, how he came across the jobs he did get, and how he got where he eventually landed, which was writing music for the movies, amongst other things. He wasn't self taught. He went to Juliard School in New York, but instead of going classical, he went popular music. This graphic novel has a good voice, and you feel as though Marvin is telling the story, it is, at times, so close, such as when he says how much he relishes the time he spent with his father. Good middle-grade level book to introduce kids to this great man, and very informative as well. THanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.
BookwormforKids 25 days ago
What better way to introduce middle graders to a renowned personality than through a bit of snark, humor (which snorts a giggle), and in graphic novel form! Marvin Hamlisch wasn't born a renowned musician, composer and conductor. His childhood had his parents fleeing the Nazi's, him being enrolled at a top music school at the age of six...vomiting before every performance..., and composing his own songs and such already in middle school to land hits already when he was a teenager. And sometimes all of that with a big black eye from a baseball bat. Opening up young readers to famous individuals they may or may not know isn't an easy task, but this book manages to do exactly that in a way which doesn't bore or bog down. While some of the material is heavy (dates, places and information), these moments are well buffered with humor and events which middle graders can relate to themselves. Marvin is allowed to be a kid in these pages, and while what he does is most definitely not ordinary on the music front, he's still a boy struggling to fit in with more adult expectations. The authors keep humor close and let Marvin's dialogue come across naturally and at a level, which will resonate nicely with the intended age group. There are moments of heavier spouts of text (in the realm of graphic novel's definition of 'heavy'), keeping this one more for the upper end of the intended audience. But the rest flows very well. The graphics not only help to set the time frames and scenes, but work very well with the text. Marvin is presented as a sympathetic kid and his expressions add to the humor, ensuring a couple giggles. And that's exactly what will keep the readers in these pages. I received a complimentary copy and was surprised how well done this was. So, I'm leaving my honest thoughts.