B0329. (BLITZSTEIN) Eric A. Gordon. Mark the Music, The Life and Works of Marc Blitzstein. New York, St. Martin’s Press, 1989. 605pp. Index; Notes. - 0-312-02607-2
“The recently released Tim Robbins’ film CRADLE WILL ROCK reawakened worldwide audiences to composer Marc Blitzstein's runaway Broadway hit of 1937, and to the exciting times he lived in. Blitzstein went on to write REGINA (based on Lillian Hellman's THE LITTLE FOXES), the definitive translation of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's THREEPENNY OPERA, and an enormous amount of other music based squarely in American and Broadway traditions.
MARK THE MUSIC is an engaging biography of this larger-than-life composer that reads like a novel. Practically every page features an illuminating and revealing pen-portrait of the most important creative personalities in American culture: Orson Welles, John Houseman, Ernest Hemingway, Paul Robeson, Sean O'Casey, Agnes de Mille, Lotte Lenya, Melvyn Douglas, Shirley Both, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Earl Robinson, Rudolf Bing, and many more.
A vibrant journey through mid-20th century America comes to life through the eyes and experience of Marc Blitzstein. The issues that marked Blitzstein's day - censorship, repression, war - are all with us today. This is a story of passion, defiance, glory and tragedy, and ultimately of faith in democratic American values expressed through the arts.”
- Eric A. Gordon