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December 26, 2022 36 min

The immeasurably famous Irving Berlin seems like the perfect example of a U.S. immigrant success story. But reality is complicated and imperfect, and so was Berlin’s music-filled life.


  • Bergreen, Laurence. “Irving Berlin: This Is the Army.” Prologue. Summer 1996, Vol. 28, No. 2
  • Carlson, Olivia. “What’s White Christmas without Minstrelsy?” Music 345: Race, Identity, and Representation in American Music. Student Blogs and Library Exhibit Companion.
  • CBS Sunday Morning. “American songsmith Irving Berlin.” Via YouTube.
  • Greten, Paula Anne. “Irving Berlin.” American History. August 2006.
  • Hamm, Charles. “Irving Berlin -- Songs from the Melting Pot: The Formative Years, 1907-1914.” Oxford University Press. Via New York Times.
  • Hamm, Charles. “Alexander and His Band.” American Music , Spring, 1996, Vol. 14, No. 1 (Spring, 1996). Via JSTOR.
  • Hyland, William G. “The Best Songwriter Of Them All.” Commentary. October 1990.
  • "Irving Berlin." St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture Online, Gale, 2013. Gale In Context: U.S. History, Accessed 16 Nov. 2022.
  • Jewish Lives. “Irving Berlin.” Podcast. Episode 4. 11/18/2019.
  • Jewish Virtual Library. “Irving Berlin.”
  • Judaism Unbound. “Bonus Episode: Irving Berlin – Judah Cohen (American Jewish History #5).” Podcast. Episode 248, October 2 2019.
  • Kaplan, James. “Irving Berlin: New York Genius.” Yale University Press. 2019.
  • Kennedy Center. “This Land is Your Land: The story behind the song.”
  • Magee, Jeffrey. "'Everybody Step': Irving Berlin, jazz, and Broadway in the 1920s." Journal of the American Musicological Society, vol. 59, no. 3, fall 2006, pp. 697+. Gale General OneFile, Accessed 16 Nov. 2022.
  • Markel, Howard. “How Irving Berlin’s blue skies turned to blue days.” PBS NewsHour. 9/24/2021.
  • Maslon, Laurence. “Overture.” (And following pages) The Irving Berlin Music Company.
  • Schiff, David. “For Everyman, By Everyman.” The Atlantic Monthly. March 1996.
  • Spitzer, Nick. “The Story Of Woody Guthrie's 'This Land Is Your Land'.” NPR. 2/15/2012.
  • The Irving Berlin Music Company. “Irving Berlin.”
  • White, Timothy. “Irving Berlin Knew Pop Music’s Power.” Billboard. Vol. 111, Issue 21. 5/22/1999.
  • Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp. v. Dieckhaus, 153 F.2d 893, 898 (8th Cir. 1946)
  • Bornstein, George. "Say it with music." TLS. Times Literary Supplement, no. 5698, 15 June 2012, p. 9. Gale Literature Resource Center, Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.
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