Walter Rimler

Walter Rimler

My most recent book is a memoir: Gershwin, the Beatles, and Peg. It is available as a Kindle book and can be found at: My biography of composer Harold Arlen (1905-1986) was published in 2015 by the University of Illinois Press. Arlen's music, to quote Bob Dylan, expressed his "lonely intense world." He lived with dignity against a backdrop of tragedy as he composed music for many of our greatest and best-loved songs, including "Over the Rainbow," "Stormy Weather," and the one that gives the book its title: The Man That Got Away: The Life and Songs of Harold Arlen. In 2009 the University of Illinois published my book, George Gershwin: An Intimate Portrait. I am also a composer. An example of my music, "The White Rabbit" from The Wonderland Suite For Orchestra, can be heard here: I can be reached at
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