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Yip Harburg: Legendary Lyricist and Human Rights Activist (Music: Interview) (英語) ハードカバー – 2012/12/3


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Known as Broadway s social conscience, E. Y. Harburg (1896 1981) wrote the lyrics to the standards, Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?, April in Paris, and It s Only a Paper Moon, as well as all of the songs in The Wizard of Oz, including Over the Rainbow. Harburg always included a strong social and political component to his work, fighting racism, poverty, and war. Interweaving close to fifty interviews (most of them previously unpublished), over forty lyrics, and a number of Harburg s poems, Harriet Hyman Alonso enables Harburg to talk about his life and work. He tells of his early childhood on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, his public school education, how the Great Depression opened the way to writing lyrics, and his work on Broadway and Hollywood, including his blacklisting during the McCarthy era. Finally, but most importantly, Harburg shares his commitment to human rights and the ways it affected his writing and his career path. Includes an appendix with Harburg s key musicals, songs, and films."

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"Tunesmith E.Y. Harburg (1896-1981) composed the lyrics for such hits as "April in Paris" and the Depression-era classic "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" If he had written only one song, however, he'd be in the pantheon--that ditty, heard in a 1939 movie, was "Over the Rainbow," from The Wizard of Oz. Yip Harburg: Legendary Lyricist and Human Rights Activist reminds us of his charms."--Dick Donahue, Publishers Weekly

"an excellent introduction to the artist."--Joseph Epstein, The Wall Street Journal

."..a good portrait of that picturesque leprechaun of a fellow who followed a crock of gold past that paper moon to somewhere over the rainbow."--Steven Suskin, Playbill

"an excellent introduction to the artist." Joseph Epstein, The Wall Street Journal

" a good portrait of that picturesque leprechaun of a fellow who followed a crock of gold past that paper moon to somewhere over the rainbow." Steven Suskin, Playbill

"In this detailed, entertaining account, Alonso gives life to a courageous man and artist who risked it all for some simple human truth." --Publishers Weekly

"The book is far more lively and less politically earnest than its title suggests. In fact, it is downright chatty, being essentially a sort of oral history Alonso crafted out of nearly 50 published and unpublished transcripts of radio and television broadcasts, speeches, roundtables, and conversations in which Harburg participated over the years."--James M. Keller, Pasatiempo

..".a good portrait of that picturesque leprechaun of a fellow who followed a crock of gold past that paper moon to somewhere over the rainbow."--Steven Suskin, Playbill

Publishers Weekly"

Pasatiempo"

The Wall Street Journal"

Playbill"

In this detailed, entertaining account, Alonso gives life to a courageous man and artist who risked it all for some simple human truth. "Publishers Weekly""

The book is far more lively and less politically earnest than its title suggests. In fact, it is downright chatty, being essentially a sort of oral history Alonso crafted out of nearly 50 published and unpublished transcripts of radio and television broadcasts, speeches, roundtables, and conversations in which Harburg participated over the years. James M. Keller, "Pasatiempo""

an excellent introduction to the artist. Joseph Epstein, "The Wall Street Journal""

a good portrait of that picturesque leprechaun of a fellow who followed a crock of gold past that paper moon to somewhere over the rainbow. Steven Suskin, "Playbill""

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  • ハードカバー: 305ページ
  • 出版社: Wesleyan Univ Pr; New.版 (2012/12/3)
  • 言語: 英語
  • ISBN-10: 0819571288
  • ISBN-13: 978-0819571281
  • 発売日: 2012/12/3
  • 商品パッケージの寸法: 16.3 x 2.7 x 23.8 cm
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5つ星のうち HASH(0x9c236d74) I great concept makes a great book 2013/4/7
投稿者 Ken B. - (Amazon.com)
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Ms. Alonso's concept was to let Harburg's words speak for themselves. My only caveat is that Harburg often changed his stories on whim and that might have been nice. But overall it's an excellent book, a fun read, and an important addition to musical theatre literature. Oh, one other complaint -- what a terrible title. It makes the book sound much dryer than it actually is.
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5つ星のうち HASH(0x9bfd57d4) A Grandish Book 2013/1/20
投稿者 Lee Gelber - (Amazon.com)
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I have been a Yip Harburg fan for many years. The wit, intelligence and emotional appeal of his lyrics have haunted me in a most positive way. Professor Alonso wrote a splendid biography incorporating interviews with the late Mr. Harburg and included some of his finest and most memorable lyrics. I immediately sent Professor Alonso a letter of appreciation
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5つ星のうち HASH(0x9c236dbc) A great interweaving of profile and lyric 2013/8/22
投稿者 Joanne E. Sprott - (Amazon.com)
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Before reading this book, I just knew that I loved the Wizard of Oz and its songs, not knowing, really, who had written them (maybe a vague reference to Harold Arlen, the composer, in my head, but lyricists often go less recognized).
Through Alonso's book, I got a great portrait of the wordsmith who came up with the lyrics to that movie's songs, among many others ("Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?", "It's Only a Paper Moon" and many more), and the social critique hidden in many of his songs. Yip Harburg was an avid human rights champion and had to weather blacklisting during the McCarthy era.
As I was building the index for this book (I get paid to index, but not to review), I really got to enjoy the rhythm of Harburg's interviewed voice with the lyrics to his songs. Alonso made these two elements flow nicely together, which I'm sure would have made Yip smile. :) She could have stuck to a straight narrative on Harburg's life and creative work, but I found him much more accessible in this interview format, mainly because he was just as clever and insightful in conversation as he was lyrically.
I remain proud to have made some small contribution to the story of the guy who wrote the lyrics to "Over the Rainbow," an iconic song and mythic cinematic story from my childhood.
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5つ星のうち HASH(0x9bfd3690) A book.. and a man.. to be remembered 2013/4/12
投稿者 Davis Gloff - (Amazon.com)
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Yip Harburg was a lyricist, poet and social activist, who always found a way to inject his feeling for the common person into his work. Born in 1896, he had a successful electrical supply business, but it was destroyed by the depression, and that was when he called an old school chum of his and told him that he was going to turn his hobby of writing light verse into a profession of writing lyrics for songs. The friend's response was "About time." The friend was Ira Gershwin, and they remained friends all life long.

This book speaks of the life of Harburg and his work in a personal and appealing way. The reader gets to feel present as the songs were conceived and written. A good example is the song that made Harburg famous, "Brother Can You spare A Dime" We read how the song's title was inspired by an actual hobo, and how it was almost thrown out of the show by the Schubert brothers who had not actually spoken to each other in years..
I recommend this book highly.
投稿者 Bruce Griffin - (Amazon.com)
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quick delivery and exactly as I expected.
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