Tin Pan Alley: An Encyclopedia of the Golden Age of American Song
For nearly a century, New York's famous 'Tin Pan Alley' was the centre of popular music publishing in the US. It was where song writing became a profession and where songs were made-to-order for the biggest stars. Covering the full history of Tin Pan Alley, from its humble beginnings in the 1860s to its demise following World War II, this is the first resource to identify its major publishers, composers, lyricists, singers, dances and bands. Entries are arranged alphabetically and include names, birth and death dates, brief biographies and bibliographical listings. This will be an eminently useful reference work for libraries catering to music teachers, students, professors, musicians, writers and fans of popular song.
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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 ...