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  • By Sid Walsh
    May 2, 2010
    The Quotable Fred Astaire is a great accompaniment to all those old Fred Astaire musicals. This book is crammed full of interesting, intriguing and inspiring comments and reviews about Fred Astaire's life and career as well as his films and many, many dance partners. Thoughtfully laid out and wonderfully arranged this is a joy to read. It will take a number of visits to take in all the great things (in the main) that have been said and written about Fred since his early pre-teen days in vaudeville to his triumphant TV specials in his later years. Over 2000 well-researched quotations come from his dance partners (male and female), the contemporary critics and later reviewers looking back on his marvellous body of work, Fred's closest friends and colleagues. Fred himself is quoted to put the whole all-encompassing anthology into a personal biographical perspective. Perhaps the one tiny negative is that this book focuses on Fred's dancing and - to a lesser degree - his singing career... More > with little coverage of his straight acting roles. But 99.9% of Fred's fans will be more than happy with this unique collection of 2000 dance-related quotations about the 'world's greatest dancer.'< Less
  • By Jo Baxun
    May 1, 2010
    In similar vein to the same publisher's "James Bond - Licence To Quote", The Quotable Fred Astaire covers all aspects of the great dancer's career in an in-depth, all-encompassing, well laid out format. Including comments and reviews about all his film and stage musicals, and his dance partners, The Quotable Fred Astaire certainly does justice to the undying legend of the legendary hoofer. This is a biography as seen through the eyes of the people who loved Astaire as a performer, as a friend or colleague but most of all as an inspirational human being. Nothing can ever compete with watching Fred Astaire dancing on film but this book comes close to reliving the style and charm of that mercurial magic.
  • By Colin M Jarman
    Apr 30, 2010
    EDITOR'S INTRODUCTION THE QUOTABLE FRED ASTAIRE A Biographical Tribute to the World’s Greatest Dancer: Fred Astaire. "When you talk about Fred Astaire, you talk about heaven." Johnny Green Ask Balanchine. "He is the most interesting, the most inventive, the most elegant dancer of our times ... you see a little bit of Astaire in everybody’s dancing - a pause here, a move there. It was all Astaire originally." George Balanchine Ask Baryshnikov. "He is a male butterfly without the wings - the same kind of grace of a very young horse, so angular." Mikhail Baryshnikov Ask Cagney. "He is the greatest dancer I’ve ever seen in my life." James Cagney Ask Fosse. "I don’t think you can praise him too highly, for the way he moves, his elegance, sense of rhythm, musicality, originality. There’s been no one like him, ever. I doubt there ever will be." Bob Fosse Ask Rita Hayworth. Ask Michael Jackson. Ask Gene Kelly. Ask Rudolf Nureyev. Ask Donald... More > O’Connor. Ask any man or woman in the street. Most would agree that Fred Astaire (born 1899 in Omaha, Nebraska) was the greatest dancer the world has ever seen. "Mr. Astaire no doubt could dance to the dial tone of a telephone." Jack Gould in The New York Times (1968) As well as tributes from the dance world as a whole, Fred has received glowing references from U.S. presidents, Prime Ministers, Knights of the Realm, Nobel prize winners, Pulitzer prize winners, Oscar winners, Tony winners, Grammy winners … even Strictly Come Dancing winners. Such is the breadth and depth of the highest regard that Fred Astaire is forever held. "I’ve never known a man who carried the mantle of greatness with such dignity." Jack Lemmon As the book's sub-title "Dancing On Astaire" suggests, the focus of this publication is on the Fred’s dancing career. The emphasis of the 2000 quotations is firmly on his musical performances rather than his straight acting abilities or, as Fred would have wished, with little or no examination of his private life. "Mr. Astaire bursts into a dance which in its speed and unselfconsciousness seems equally to break the laws of nature." Graham Greene in The Spectator (1936) For more details on this book please go to: Colin M Jarman [Editor]< Less
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August 16, 2010
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.96 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6.14 wide x 9.21 tall
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