(University of Rochester Press, 2019)
The Great American Songbook flourished between 1900 and 1950 when such songwriters as Irving Berlin, the Gershwins, and Cole Porter were at the height of their powers. In City Songs and American Life, 1900–1950, author, theatre critic, and broadcaster Michael Lasser offers an evocative and probing account of the popular songs that America heard, sang, and danced to during the turbulent first half of the 20th century. Lasser’s deftly written book demonstrates how the soul of city life—as echoed in the nation’s songs—developed and changed in tandem with economic, social, and political currents in America as a whole.
This program includes live music featuring Michael Lasser as narrator; Cindy Miller, vocalist; and Alan Jones, vocalist/accompanist.
Cost: JCC Member: $8 / Non-Member: $10
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