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Tin Pan Alley

An Encyclopedia of the Golden Age of American Song

David A. Jasen

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. An eminently useful reference work for libraries catering to music teachers, students, professors, musicians, writers and fans of popular song.

Entries include:

Abrahams, Maurice; Andrews Sisters; Animal Dances; Archer, Harry; Armstrong, Louis; Astaire, Fred; Autry, Gene; Bailey, Mildred; Ballroom Dances of the Ragtime Era (1900s-1910s); Berlin, Irving; Blake, Eubie; Brice, Fanny; Broadway Shows and Revue Songs; Calloway, Cab; Cantor, Eddie; Carmichael, Hoagy; Chappell & Company; Charleston, The; Cohan, George M.; Coward, Noel; Craig, Francis (Jackson); Crosby, Bing; Cugat, Xavier; Day, Doris; Disney Cartoon Songs; Dorsey, Jimmy; Dorsey, Tommy; Durante, Jimmy; Eddy, Nelson; Ellington, Duke; Freed, Arthur; Gaiety Building; Garland, Judy; Gershwin, George; Gershwin, Ira; Godfrey, Arthur; Goodman, Benny; Hammerstein, Oscar II; Handy, WC; Jazz in the Tin Pan Alley Era; Jitterbug, The; Jolson, Al; Jones, Spike; Joplin, Scott; Keith, Benjamin F.; Kern, Jerome; King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band; Latin-American Dances; Lombardo, Guy; Martin, Dean; Mercer, Johnny; Merman, Ethel; Miller, Glenn; Morton, Jelly Roll; Orchestrations; Piracy; Plugging; Pollack, Lew; Porter, Cole; Ragtime; Rose, Fred; Shaw, Artie; Shimmy, The; Shore, Dinah; Silent Film Music; Sinatra, Frank; Tucker, Sophie; Vallee, Rudy; Vaudeville and the Rise of Tin Pan Alley; Waller, Thomas 'Fats'; Weill, Kurt; World War II Songs; Young, Joe;The Ziegfeld Follies.

David A. Jasen won the ASCAP/Deems Taylor award for best music book and is a renowned authority on the history of ragtime, early jazz and Tin Pan Alley. He has authored many books, including two forthcoming Routledge titles. He is Professor of Communication Arts at C.W. Post College.


December 2003: 276x219: 464pp:illus. 75 b+w photos Hb: 0-415-93877-5