Irving Berlin by James Kaplan audiobook

Irving Berlin: New York Genius

By James Kaplan
Read by L. J. Ganser

Recorded Books, Inc. 9780300180480

The Jewish Lives Series

11.14 Hours Unabridged
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A fast-moving, musically astute portrait of arguably the greatest composer of American popular music Irving Berlin (1888-1989) has been called-by George Gershwin, among others-the greatest songwriter of the golden age of the American popular song. "Berlin has no place in American music," legendary composer Jerome Kern wrote; "he is American music." In a career that spanned an astonishing nine decades, Berlin wrote some fifteen hundred tunes, including "Alexander's Ragtime Band," "God Bless America," and "White Christmas." From ragtime to the rock era, Berlin's work has endured in the very fiber of American national identity. Exploring the intertwining of Berlin's life with the life of New York City, noted biographer James Kaplan offers a visceral narrative of Berlin as self-made man and witty, wily, tough Jewish immigrant. This fast-paced, musically opinionated biography uncovers Berlin's unique brilliance as a composer of music and lyrics. Masterfully written and psychologically penetrating, Kaplan's book underscores Berlin's continued relevance in American popular culture.

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A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

A fast-moving, musically astute portrait of arguably the greatest composer of American popular music Irving Berlin (1888-1989) has been called-by George Gershwin, among others-the greatest songwriter of the golden age of the American popular song. "Berlin has no place in American music," legendary composer Jerome Kern wrote; "he is American music." In a career that spanned an astonishing nine decades, Berlin wrote some fifteen hundred tunes, including "Alexander's Ragtime Band," "God Bless America," and "White Christmas." From ragtime to the rock era, Berlin's work has endured in the very fiber of American national identity. Exploring the intertwining of Berlin's life with the life of New York City, noted biographer James Kaplan offers a visceral narrative of Berlin as self-made man and witty, wily, tough Jewish immigrant. This fast-paced, musically opinionated biography uncovers Berlin's unique brilliance as a composer of music and lyrics. Masterfully written and psychologically penetrating, Kaplan's book underscores Berlin's continued relevance in American popular culture.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Kaplan’s take on Irving Berlin is…propulsive and appealing.” Wall Street Journal
"[Berlin’s] miraculous ascent makes up the breeziest sequence in James Kaplan’s empathic biography.” New York Times Book Review
“Kaplan’s book is well-documented and written in an enjoyable, conversational style. One senses on every page Kaplan’s enthusiasm for his subject as well as his deep knowledge. This is the best introduction to Berlin’s life and work.” New York Journal of Books
“An extensively researched, entertaining, and nuanced account.” Library Journal
“Kaplan tells the story briskly and with aplomb, adding plenty of showbiz antics, atmospheric evocations of Berlin’s New York, and shrewd critical passages that separate the musical schmaltz from the art…A smart, entertaining biography of a great songwriter that will have readers humming along.” Publishers Weekly
“L. J. Ganser’s lively narration immerses listeners in the well-researched rags-to-riches story…Ganser captures the chutzpah and charisma of the small, dark-haired Jewish musical prodigy…[and] engagingly traces the ups and downs of this incredibly gifted, highly respected, precociously prolific musical genius. Delightful listening. AudioFile
“Taut, vibrant, and thrumming with the irresistible words and music of America’s songwriter laureate. It’s by turns a buoyant and poignant trip across the tumultuous twentieth century, through the eyes of an artist who helped define its popular taste. Kaplan reclaims the proud Jewish identity of the patriotic immigrant who knew that his country was blessed, because he had been.” Todd S. Purdum, author of Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution

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Author Bio: James Kaplan

Author Bio: James Kaplan

James Kaplan has been writing noted biography, journalism, and fiction for more than four decades. The author of Frank: The Voice and Sinatra: The Chairman , the definitive two-volume biography of Frank Sinatra, he has written more than one hundred major profiles of figures ranging from Miles Davis to Meryl Streep, from Arthur Miller to Larry David. He co-authored books with Jerry Lewis and John McEnroe that hit the New York Times bestsellers list.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 11.14
Audience: Adult
Language: English