Always Magic in the Air: The Bomp and Brilliance of the Brill Building Era

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Penguin, Sep 26, 2006 - Music - 352 pages
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.
 

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I've had this book for years, but it took the passing of Ellie Greenwich (part of the songwriting team responsible for such classic, iconic pop songs as "Be My Baby" and "Leader of the Pack") this ... Read full review

ALWAYS MAGIC IN THE AIR: The Bomp and Brilliance of the Brill Building Era

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The songsmiths of Broadway's great hit factories get their due. Stephen Foster's biographer (Doo-Dah!, 1997) takes a welcome look at Foster's 20th-century successors: the songwriters who toiled in ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
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
SEESAW
DOUBLE TROUBLE
GOLDEN GIRLS
SOMETHIN DIED
SWINGING LONDON
FROM THE MONKEES TO THOMAS MANN
CODA
BOOKS

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
ARTICLES
ALBUM AND CD NOTES
ONLINE SOURCES
UNPUBLISHED SOURCES
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Ken Emerson, the author of Doo-Dah!: Stephen Foster and the Rise of American Popular Culture and coauthor of Stephen Foster, a documentary film for the PBS series The American Experience, has written widely about popular music and culture since the 1960s. His articles and reviews have appeared in publications ranging from Rolling Stone to The Wall Street Journal. He is the former articles editor of The New York Times Magazine and op-ed editor of New York Newsday.

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