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The story of fake books : bootlegging songs to musicians

Author: Barry Dean Kernfeld
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2006.
Series: Studies in jazz, no. 53.
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"Fake books - anthologies of songs notated in musical shorthand - have been used by countless pop and jazz musicians in both professional and amateur settings for more than half a century. The Story of Fake Books : Bootlegging Songs to Musicians traces the entertaining and previously unknown account of the origins of fake books of pop songs, which evolved through the bootlegging of a now obscure musical subscription
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Genre/Form: History
Fake books
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Kernfeld, Barry Dean, 1950-
Story of fake books.
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2006
(OCoLC)639829912
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Barry Dean Kernfeld
ISBN: 0810857278 9780810857278
OCLC Number: 67922006
Description: xx, 153 p. : ill., music ; 23 cm.
Contents: The Tune-dex : a card catalogue for the music industry --
The growth of cocktail lounges : musicians need Tune-dex, too --
Song and copyright and the invention of chord symbols --
The Tune-dex fake books : enter the FBI --
Evidence given in 4/4 time --
Legit fake books --
The making of the real book.
Series Title: Studies in jazz, no. 53.
Responsibility: Barry Kernfeld.
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Drawing from FBI files, newspaper accounts, court records, and oral history, this book reveals the stories of the origins and prosecution of pop-song fake-book bootleggers, and of the emergence of  Read more...

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This volume follows the history of fake books from the Tune-Dex subscription service used in the 1940s to the Real Book series now popularly used (the latter described in part by musicians Steve Read more...

 
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