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The Poets of Tin Pan Alley: A History of America's Great Lyricists

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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. In The Poets of Tin Pan ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published June 25th 1992 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published October 11th 1990)
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Dale
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
We whistle Gershwin, Kern, and Rodgers, but we sing Hammerstein, Gershwin, Hart, Harburg, Dubin, and Mercer. And least we do not forget the two who we both sing and whistle --Irving Berlin and Cole Porter--who were proficient in both words and music.

Fun and cleaver book to read. So just enjoy!
Erick
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: music
An excellent book! Furia hit the nail of the head.
Gives background, methods, styles and analysis
of all the great lyricists from the era of 20th century
popular song. A very good book and I'll probably
read it again!
Marilyn
These poets helped teach me how to write poetry. I thoroughly enjoyed this highly readable book featuring some of their finest work.
Steven Karlin
Feb 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
I couldn't finish it. I thought I would love it due to the subject, but it was so incredibly textbook ish and dull.
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