The Man That Got Away: The Life and Songs of Harold Arlen

The Man That Got Away The Life and Songs of Harold Arlen Over the Rainbow Stormy Weather and One for My Baby are just a few of Harold Arlen s well loved compositions Yet his name is hardly known except to the musicians who venerate him At a gathering of s

  • Title: The Man That Got Away: The Life and Songs of Harold Arlen
  • Author: Walter Rimler
  • ISBN: 9780252039461
  • Page: 212
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Over the Rainbow, Stormy Weather, and One for My Baby are just a few of Harold Arlen s well loved compositions Yet his name is hardly known except to the musicians who venerate him At a gathering of songwriters George Gershwin called him the best of us Irving Berlin agreed Paul McCartney sent him a fan letter and became his publisher Bob Dylan wrote of his fascOver the Rainbow, Stormy Weather, and One for My Baby are just a few of Harold Arlen s well loved compositions Yet his name is hardly known except to the musicians who venerate him At a gathering of songwriters George Gershwin called him the best of us Irving Berlin agreed Paul McCartney sent him a fan letter and became his publisher Bob Dylan wrote of his fascination with Arlen s bittersweet, lonely world A cantor s son, Arlen believed his music was from a place outside himself, a place that also sent tragedy When his wife became mentally ill and was institutionalized he turned to alcohol It nearly killed him But the beautiful songs kept coming Blues in the Night, My Shining Hour, Come Rain or Come Shine, and The Man That Got Away Walter Rimler drew on interviews with friends and associates of Arlen and on newly available archives to write this intimate portrait of a genius whose work is a pillar of the Great American Songbook.

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    1. Arlen, biographer Walter Rimler contends, was an unknown man during his life and remains unknown today--in spite of having written some of the most beloved, ground-breaking, and complex songs.Reading The Man thatGot Away was glorious fun. The whole early Twentieth Century musical world appears, from Tin Pan Alley to Paul McCarthy. Arlen wrote for Broadway revues, Cab Calloway at the Cotton Club, Ethel Waters, Judy Garland, for Hollywood including The Cabin in the Sky, The Wizard of Oz, and GayPu [...]

    2. Walter Rimmler has written a terrific and extremely well researched biography of one of the greatest American Composers, Harold Arlen. I loved the nostalgia and finding all the connections Arlen had with other great writers of the time.I've been well aware of Arlen's great contributions to world of music but not to the point of being able to rattle off so many of his amazing achievements. Of course, Over the Rainbow may be the most popular and has most visibly stood the test of time-- there are [...]

    3. I loved reading The Man That Got Away. For many years I’ve been playing songs from the Great American Songbook on the piano and I’ve seen the names, Harold Arlen, E.Y. “Yip” Harburg, Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein, Lorenz Hart and so many more but I didn’t know much more than the average person did about them. The Man That Got Away brought these people to life for me. It helped me understand the songs better, learning what so man [...]

    4. Perfectly researched biography of my long time favorite composer. A lot of fortune, but too much sadness for him, but infinite glory to hear his melodies.

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