Journals Higher Education



Published: 25 June 1992

336 Pages

5-5/16 x 8 inches

ISBN: 9780195074734

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The Poets of Tin Pan Alley

A History of America's Great Lyricists

Philip Furia

Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin, Oscar Hammerstein II, Rodgers and Hart--some fifty years after their heyday 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 Alley Philip Furia offers a unique new perspective on these great songwriters, showing how their poetic lyrics were as important as their brilliant music in shaping a golden age of American popular song.
Furia writes with great perception and understanding as he explores the deft rhymes, inventive imagery, and witty solutions these songwriters used to breathe new life into rigidly established genres. Placing the lyrics firmly in the historical context of a fascinating era, he devotes full chapters to all the greats, and offers a comprehensive survey of other lyricists who wrote for the sheet-music industry, Broadway, Hollywood, and Harlem nightclub revues. In these pages, the lyrics emerge as an important element of American modernism, as the lyricists, like the great modernist poets, took the American vernacular and made it sing.


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