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The B side, the death of Tin Pan Alley and the rebirth of the great American song, Ben Yagoda

Label
The B side, the death of Tin Pan Alley and the rebirth of the great American song, Ben Yagoda
Language
eng
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 286-291) and index
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary Form
non fiction
Main title
The B side
Nature of contents
bibliography
Oclc number
881094034
Responsibility statement
Ben Yagoda
Sub title
the death of Tin Pan Alley and the rebirth of the great American song
Summary
An acclaimed cultural historian--drawing on previously untapped archival sources and interviews with such voices as Randy Newman, Jimmy Webb, Linda Ronstadt, and Herb Alpert--presents a social history of the great American songwriting era"Everybody knows and loves the American Songbook. But it's a bit less widely understood that in about 1950, this stream of great songs more or less dried up. All of a sudden, what came over the radio wasn't Gershwin, Porter, and Berlin, but "Come on-a My House" and "How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?" Elvis and rock and roll arrived a few years later, and at that point the game was truly up. What happened, and why? In The B Side, acclaimed cultural historian Ben Yagoda answers those questions in a fascinating piece of detective work. Drawing on previously untapped archival sources and on scores of interviews--the voices include Randy Newman, Jimmy Webb, Linda Ronstadt, and Herb Alpert--the book illuminates broad musical trends through a series of intertwined stories. Among them are the battle between ASCAP and Broadcast Music, Inc.; the revolution in jazz after World War II; the impact of radio and then television; and the bitter, decades-long feud between Mitch Miller and Frank Sinatra. The B Side is about taste, and the particular economics and culture of songwriting, and the potential of popular art for greatness and beauty. It's destined to become a classic of American musical history"--From publisher's web site
Table Of Contents
Premises, premises -- Mr. Miller and Mr. Schwartz, 1954 -- I get a kick out of you, 1885-1933 -- Jukebox Saturday night, 1925-1942 -- As time goes by, 1941-1948 -- What happened to the music?, 1946-1954 -- Brill Building boys, and girl, 1950-1955 -- The big beat, 1951-1968 -- Fly me to the moon, 1939-1965 -- Do you believe in magic?, 1957-1965
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