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Saying it with songs : popular music and the coming of sound to Hollywood cinema

Author: Katherine Spring
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, [2013]
Series: Oxford music/media series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Hollywood's conversion from silent to synchronized sound film production not only instigated the convergence of the film and music industries but also gave rise to an extraordinary period of songs in American cinema. Saying It With Songs considers how the increasing interdependence of Hollywood studios and Tin Pan Alley music publishing firms influenced the commercial and narrative functions of popular songs. While  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Katherine Spring
ISBN: 9780199842216 0199842213 9780199842223 0199842221
OCLC Number: 824120005
Description: xi, 229 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Part one : A context for convergence. Singing a song : the culture and conventions of popular music in the 1920s --
Owning a song : the restructuring of Hollywood and Tin Pan Alley --
Part two : Models of song use. Plugging a song : the discrete charm of the popular song, from Broadway to Hollywood --
Integrating a song : the threat to narrative plausibility --
Curtailing a song : toward the classical background score --
Conclusion : The fate of the motion picture song --
Appendix 1 : Confirmatory license issued by Music Publishers Protective Association (1929) --
Appendix 2 : "Tie-ups of film and music" as reported by Variety --
Appendix 3 : Timeline of relationships between film and music companies --
Appendix 4 : Agreement between Al Dubin, the Vitaphone Corp., and Music Publishers Holding Corporation --
Appendix 5 : Summary of agreement between Vitaphone Corporation, M. Witmark & Sons, and Ray Perkins.
Series Title: Oxford music/media series.
Responsibility: Katherine Spring.


Saying It With Songs is a groundbreaking study of the ways in which Hollywood's conversion to synchronized-sound filmmaking in the late 1920s gave rise not only to enduring partnerships between the  Read more...


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This title will also be of interest for researchers of popular music, since it gives a broad introduction of how one kind of pop song (the film theme song) was established, promoted by radio, sheet Read more...

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