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A huge gathering of the finest American and British song lyrics from 1910 to 1975. Robert Kimball, editor of the complete lyrics of Cole Porter, Ira Gershwin, Lorenz Hart and next year's Irving Berlin, and Robert Gottlieb, editor of the recent Reading Jazz, have collaborated to choose the 800 or more most distinguished lyrics of the century, from early P.G. Wodehouse and the Irving Berlin of Alexander's Ragtime Band through the greats of Broadway and Hollywood -- Gershwin, Hart, Porter, Berlin, Oscar Hammerstein, Yip Harbourg, Dorothy Fields, Frank Loesser, Noel Coward -- to the early triumphs of Stephen Sondheim. Plus many writers who are barely remembered today -- Don Raye ("Mr. Five by Five", "I'll Remember April"), Bobby Troup ("Route 66", "Daddy") -- with surprises like Ogden Nash, Maxwell Anderson, Dorothy Parker, and Truman Capote. Over 100 lyricists in all, each one introduced with a brief biography and commentary, and presented chronologically, so that this big volume not only presents the core of an entire literature that we love, but will serve as a reference book and a history of the lyric and the lyricist in the 20th century.
-With around 170 lyricists on offer, the book makes its share of worthwhile rediscoveries . . . That's the fun of Reading Lyrics. Readers can hum along with songs they know, while songs they don't will have them hurrying off to the nearest music megastore.- --The New York Times Book Review -Reading Lyrics defies literary categorization. It's reference work. It's a singalong book. It's a shadow history of taste and mores over much of the past century. It's a valentine to a now-vanished artistic craft. And it's an act of fond provocation.---The Boston Globe -This wondrous and magical concoction is highly recommended.---The Wall Street Journal -Both a groundbreaking social document and its own pleasure dome. Its 706 pages confirm the accomplishments of the greats, but they also provide surprises.- --The New Yorker -Sparklingly entertaining, Reading Lyrics exalts the lyrical sublimity of such cunning wordsmiths as Porter, Gershwin, and Coward.- --Vanity Fair -This music is an amazing art form; it's a substantial cultural phenomenon.---Newsweek -What joy! No sooner do the lyrics appear before one's eyes than reading gives way to song.- --Billboard Magazine -One of the finest collections of words there is. To quote P.G. Wodehouse, 'And I wish someday I could find my way/To the land where the good songs go.' That land is Reading Lyrics. 'S wonderful.---Newsday
Number Of Pages: 896
Published: 21st November 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 18.42 x 3.81
Weight (kg): 1.36