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Always magic in the air

the bomp and brilliance of the Brill Building era

Published by Viking in New York .
Written in English.

About the Book

During the late 1950s and early 1960s, after the shock of Elvis Presley and before the Beatles spearheaded the British Invasion, fourteen gifted young songwriters huddled in midtown Manhattan's legendary Brill Building and a warren of offices a bit farther uptown and composed some of the most beguiling and enduring entries in the Great American Songbook. Always Magic in the Air is the first thorough history of these renowned songwriters—tunesmiths who melded black, white, and Latino sounds, integrated audiences before America desegregated its schools, and brought a new social consciousness to pop music.

About the Edition

Profiles fourteen songwriters responsible for such hits as "Jailhouse Rock," "Uptown," and "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling'," explaining how their blending of music from different genres affected social consciousness.

Table of Contents

1
The Original Cool Cats -- 1 -- 2
A Broadway Divided -- 17 -- 3
Lonely Avenue -- 31 -- 4
"My Daughter Bought It. What Are You Going to Do About It?" -- 51 -- 5
Partners in Chutzpah -- 65 -- 6
The Young Lovers -- 84 -- 7
Putting the Bomp in the Bomp, Bomp, Bomp -- 92 -- 8
In the Garden of Aldon -- 104 -- 9
"It Was Just Jewish Latin" -- 121 -- 10
Baby Talk -- 141 -- 11
At Work in the Elvis Atelier -- 155 -- 12
The Magician and the Mensch -- 167 -- 13
Selling Out -- 182 -- 14
Seesaw -- 195 -- 15
Double Trouble -- 208 -- 16
Golden Girls -- 214 -- 17
"Somethin' Died" -- 225 -- 18
Swinging London -- 238 -- 19
From the Monkees to Thomas Mann-- 249.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. [307]-316), discography (p. [317]-320), and index.

The original cool cats -- A Broadway divided -- Lonely avenue -- "My daughter bought it, what are you going to do about it?" -- Partners in chutzpah -- The young lovers -- Putting the bomp in the bomp, bomp, bomp -- In the garden of Aldon -- "It was just Jewish Latin" -- Baby talk -- At work in the Elvis atelier -- The magician and the mensch -- Selling out -- Seesaw -- Double trouble -- Golden girls -- "Somethin' died" -- Swinging London -- From the Monkees to Thomas Mann.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
781.6409747/109045
Library of Congress
ML3477.8.N48 E44 2005

The Physical Object

Pagination
xvi, 334 p., [8] p. of plates :
Number of pages
334

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL24770837M
Internet Archive
alwaysmagicinair00emer
ISBN 10
0670034568
ISBN 13
9780670034567
LC Control Number
2005054692
OCLC/WorldCat
62093456
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