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Stardust melodies

the biography of twelve of America's most popular songs

1st ed

Published by Pantheon Books in New York .
Written in English.

About the Book

In Stardust Melodies, Will Friedwald takes each of these legendary songs apart and puts it together again, with a staggering wealth of detail and unprecedented understanding.Each chapter gives us an extended history of one song--the circumstances under which it was written and first performed--and then explores its musical and lyric content. Drawing on his vast knowledge of records and the careers of performing artists, Friedwald tells us who was responsible for making these songs famous and discusses in depth the performers who have left their unique marks on them. He writes about variations in performance style, about both classic and obscure versions of the songs, about brilliantly original interpretations and ghastly travesties. And then there's the completely unexpected, LIKE Stan Freberg's politically correct "Elderly Man River."This is a book for all lovers of American song to explore, argue with, and savor.From the Hardcover edition.

Table of Contents

Star dust
The St. Louis blues
Mack the Knife
Ol' man river
Body and soul
I got rhythm
As time goes by
Night and day
Stormy weather
My funny valentine
Lush life


Library of Congress
ML3477 .F75 2002

The Physical Object

xvii, 397 p. :
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