Tin Pan Alley: An Encyclopedia of the Golden Age of American Song

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Overview

For nearly a century, New York's famous "Tin Pan Alley" was the center of popular music publishing in this country. It was where songwriting became a profession, and songs were made-to-order for the biggest stars. Selling popular music to a mass audience from coast-to-coast involved the greatest entertainment media of the day, from minstrelsy to Broadway, to vaudeville, dance palaces, radio, and motion pictures. Successful songwriting became an art, with a host of men and women becoming famous by writing famous songs.

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In this fine complement to Thomas Hischak's The Tin Pan Alley Song Encyclopedia, Jasen (communication arts, C.W. Post Campus, Long Island Univ.) offers 431 entries highlighting the people, publishers, and concepts associated with a music phenomenon that spanned an impressive 70 years-from roughly the 1880s to the 1950s. The scope recalls Jack Burton's The Blue Book of Tin Pan Alley: A Human Interest Encyclopedia of American Popular Music, which combines brief biographical information with partially annotated song lists. Here, the biographies are generally fuller, and the song lists are more complete and provide for only major songwriters (e.g., Irving Berlin, who is allotted eight-and-a-half pages). Since Tin Pan Alley was essentially a publishing movement, Jasen gives due coverage with publisher entries, often indicating dates and addresses. He also includes articles on various aspects of Tin Pan Alley, including "Film Music," "Coon Songs," "Song Folios," "Demonstrator," "Composing a Pop Song," "Publishing a Popular Song," and "Jazz in the Tin Pan Alley Era." In "Hit Songs," Jasen includes annotated entries for the era's blockbusters. Complete with a short history of Tin Pan Alley, this fine compendium on American popular song and the business of selling music is recommended for public and academic libraries.-Bruce R. Schueneman, Texas A&M Univ. Lib., Kingsville Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415938778
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/25/2003
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2003

    sheetmusiccenter.com

    Go to barnesandnoble.com and search for David A. Jasen, There was 35 items last time I looked. Just a fraction of the books and records he produced about Popular Music. For example: Spreadin' Rhythm Around: Black Popular Songwriters, 1880-1930, That American Rag!:The Story of Ragtime in the United States, Black Bottom Stomp: Eight Masters of Ragtime and Early Jazz, these three with Gene Jones. Rags and Ragtime: A Musical History with Trebor Jay Tichenor. Tin Pan Alley: The Composers, the Songs, the Performers and Their Times: The Golden Age of American Popular Music from 1886 to 1956, Recorded Ragtime, 1897-1958, and it goes on & on. This comprehensive resource covers the Heydey of Tin Pan Alley 1880 to 1950. Every aspect of the music industry is covered. From the composers and lyricists to the publishers and the marketing of the Sheet Music. There is extensive biographical information for the composers, lyricists, publishers and performers listed. Trends in dancing are included, like Animal Dances(Grizzly Bear, Bunny Hug, etc), Ballroom Dances of the Ragtime Era, The Charleston, Shimmy, etc. Entries are in A-Z format and include: Organizations like Ascap, Blues, Brill Building, Cakewalks, Coon Songs, Cover Art, Hit Songs from 1890's-1955, Jazz, Piano Roll Artists, Political Songs, Pricing & Sales of Sheet Music, Product Songs, Ragtime, Record Industry, Sheet Music Collecting, Silent Films, War Songs, etc. There's a great deal of information on the Black Publishers of the time period. There are fantastic photos of the inside as well as outside of music stores and publishers. The Researcher or Collector will appreciate the complete checklists for the compositions of Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, and Richard Rodgers.

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