Yagoda, Ben. () The B side :the death of Tin Pan Alley and the rebirth of the great American songMLA Citation
Yagoda, Ben. The B Side: The Death Of Tin Pan Alley And The Rebirth Of The Great American Song. : . Print.
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The B side : the death of Tin Pan Alley and the rebirth of the great American song /
|Published:||New York : Riverhead Books, 2015.|
|Topics:||Popular music - United States - History and criticism.|
|Genres:||Criticism, interpretation, etc.|
|Physical Description:||310 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
|Includes:||Includes bibliographical references (pages 286-291) and index.
|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.