Tin Pan Alley: An Encyclopedia of the Golden Age of American Song (Hardback) book cover

Tin Pan Alley

An Encyclopedia of the Golden Age of American Song

By David A. Jasen

© 2003 – Routledge

492 pages

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Paperback: 9781138870215
pub: 2015-06-29
Hardback: 9780415938778
pub: 2003-06-25

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For nearly a century, New York's famous "Tin Pan Alley" was the center of popular music publishing in this country. It was where songwriting became a profession, and songs were made-to-order for the biggest stars. Selling popular music to a mass audience from coast-to-coast involved the greatest entertainment media of the day, from minstrelsy to Broadway, to vaudeville, dance palaces, radio, and motion pictures. Successful songwriting became an art, with a host of men and women becoming famous by writing famous songs.


"[A] fine compendium… Recommended for public and academic libraries." -- Bruce R. Schueneman, Texas A&E University, Library Journal (starred review)

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / General
MUSIC / Reference
REFERENCE / Encyclopedias