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The legendary iconoclast Kurt Weill has become figure central to the cultural life of the twentieth century. An artist known for his relentless exploration of the boundary between high and low art, Weill left behind a treasury of classical music and unforgettable songs such as Mack the Knife and Alabama Song. Working with Bertolt Brecht and others, he used musicals such as The Threepenny Opera to address the most serious of social and political issues.
In a lavish style suitable the subject, Kurt Weill explores the author s life with more than 900 photographs, many in full-color, from archives in five different countries, and in-depth scholarship by Weil expert David Farneth, to form this essential addition to any theater or music lover s collection.
David Farneth is the editor of Lenya: The Legend (also available from Overlook). He is Director of the Weil-Lenya Research Center in New York, Archivist of the Kurt Weill Edition, and editor of the Kurt Weill Newsletter. He lives in New York City.