Revue de presse
A dynamic, fast-paced biography that has the verve and staccato drive of the composer himself. A fuller, more complex, more humorous, and more vulnerable picture of Gershwin than has yet appeared in print. --Philip Furia, coauthor of The Poets of Tin Pan Alley: A History of America's Great Lyricists
Rimler shines in weaving together anecdotes, correspondence and a wealth of interviews with the composer and his contemporaries to create a vibrant, flesh-and-blood picture of the man and his music in a readable and enjoyable book. --Amanda Borschel-Dan, The Jerusalem Post, 15th Oct 2009
Compact in length and voluminous in its details, Walter Rimler s study of Gershwin is freighted with melancholy an appropriate parallel with Gershwin s own life. Hesitantly regarded by classical music s regard critics, Rimler s Gershwin emerges as a musical drifter, a stylist caught between styles chiefly because he had invented an aesthetic all his own.... The text is laden with psychological asides some seem much more cogent, and as far less melodramatic, than others. Gershwin s relationship with his brother Ira is well presented as a showbiz variant on classical fraternal archetypes. Foils and friends, they were also enemies in a passive, understated fashion.... There are some plum musical discussions in these pages, and enough backstage drama to satiate the anecdote hunters... Gershwin s life was dominated by extreme juxtapositions, and Rimler skilfully brings them to bear on the reader s expectations of Gershwin, the song-and-dance man. --Colin Fleming, Times Literary Supplement, March 26th 2010
Présentation de l'éditeur
George Gershwin lived with purpose and gusto, but with melancholy as well, for he was unable to make a place for himself - no family of his own and no real home in music. In this book, Walter Rimler makes use of fresh sources, including newly discovered letters by Kay Swift as well as correspondence between and interviews with intimates of Ira and Leonore Gershwin. It is written with spirited prose and contains more than two dozen photographs.