Monday, March 1st at 7pm
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Join us for the fifth episode of Write America featuring Academy Award-winning songwriter Alan Bergman & New Yorker essayist Adam Gopnik as they read and discuss their works and about how books and art might bridge the deep divisions in our nation.
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ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:
As half of one of the most respected songwriting teams of the Great American Songbook, ALAN BERGMAN is a three-time Academy Award winner, as well as Emmy, Grammy and Golden Globe Award winner. His unique collaboration with wife Marilyn as lyricists was marked by their induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Nominated for sixteen Academy Awards, they have won Oscars for “The Way We Were”, “The Windmills of Your Mind”, and “Yentl.” For television, they’ve won four Emmys: the drama “Sybil’, the TV musical “Queen of the Stardust Ballroom” and songs “Ordinary Miracles” and “A Ticket to Dream”. Classic television theme songs include “Good Times”, “Brooklyn Bridge” and “In the Heat of the Night.”
Their songbook includes “What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?”, “It Might Be You”, “The Summer Knows”, “Where Do You Start?”, “How Do You Keep the Music Playing?”, “Nice ‘n’ Easy”, “That Face”, “In the Heat of the Night”, “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers”, “So Many Stars”, “On My Way to You”, “You Must Believe In Spring”, among many others. Barbra Streisand paid tribute to them with a 2011 Grammy nominated CD of their songs titled “What Matters Most.” Last year brought a new compilation of their work: “Frank Sinatra sings Alan & Marilyn Bergman.”
Brooklyn born Alan Bergman knew he wanted to be a songwriter at age 12. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and went on to graduate study in music at UCLA. Then to Philadelphia and WCAU-TV where he became a television director - moonlighting as a songwriter. Encouraged by his mentor, the late, great Johnny Mercer, Alan returned to Los Angeles and devoted full time to his songwriting career. In 1956, he met Marilyn Keith and began a partnership in writing and in life. Alan Bergman serves as a member of the Library of Congress National Film Preservation Board, the Johnny Mercer Foundation Board, the Artists’ Rights Foundation Board, the Jazz Bakery Board of Directors and is on the Executive Committee of the Music Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Later in life, Alan donned another hat as a singer. He appeared at the Oak Room, Feinstein’s at The Regency and Birdland in New York. He also appears regularly at The Jazz Bakery, Catalina’s, Vitello’s and Vibrato in Los Angeles. Alan recorded his first album with the Berlin Radio Orchestra. “Lyrically, Alan Bergman” a collection of songs he and Marilyn have written with various composers. Released on Verve Records to critical acclaim.
ADAM GOPNIK has been writing for The New Yorker since 1986. He is a three-time winner of the National Magazine Award for Essays and for Criticism and of the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting. In March 2013, Gopnik was awarded the medal of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Republic. He lives in New York City with his wife and their two children.