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The poets of Tin Pan Alley : a history of America's great lyricists

Author: Philip Furia
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1990.
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From the turn of the century to the 1960s, the songwriters of Tin Pan Alley dominated American music. Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin, Rodgers and Hart -even today these giants remain household names, their musicals regularly revived, their methods and styles analyzed and imitated, and their songs the bedrock of jazz and cabaret. Furia shows how their poetic lyrics were as important as their  Read more...
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Furia, Philip, 1943-
Poets of Tin Pan Alley.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1990
(OCoLC)654513760
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Philip Furia
ISBN: 0195064089 9780195064087 0195074734 9780195074734
OCLC Number: 21441029
Description: ix, 322 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Blah, blah, blah, blah love: Alley standards --
After the ball: early Alley --
Ragged meter man: Irving Berlin --
Ragged and funny: lyricists of the 1920s --
Funny valentine: Lorenz Hart --
'S wonderful: Ira Gershwin --
The Tinpantithesis of poetry: Cole Porter --
Conventional dithers: Oscar Hammerstein --
Paper moons: Howard Dietz and Yip Harburg --
Fine romances: Dorothy Fields and Leo Robin --
Hip, hooray, and ballyhoo: Hollywood lyricists --
Swingy Harlem tunes: jazz lyricists --
Midnight sun: Johnny Mercer.
Responsibility: Philip Furia.
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