Sentimental Journey: Intimate Portraits of America's Great Popular Songs, 1920-1945

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Noble House Publishers, 1999 - 538 pages
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Sentimental Journey is a cornucopia of 546 rang portraits that tell the story of America's very own great music, from its beginnings on Tin Pan Alley through its flourishing in step with the rise of the Broadway musical, radio, recordings, the big bands, and the film musical. The book spans 25 years, broken up into three decades entitled The Roaring Twenties, The Depression Years, and The War Years, each of which begins with a prologue giving a general description of the decade. Each year within the decades gives further historical background against which the individual songs were written -- including the political, social and artistic events. Within each year thc songs are portrayed individually, telling what made the song special and gives its vital statistics along with composer, lyricist, publisher, and when, where and by whom it was introduced.The twenty-six chapters of Sentimental Journey is finalized with a set of Appendices containing glossary, bibliography, index of composers and lyricists and an index of songs. No matter from what generation the reader is part of, the music from this book is being constantly rediscovered, and has become part of the American heritage.
 

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Contents

THE ROARING TWENTIES Prologue
1
A Gentle Nostalgia 1920
7
Jazz and Speakeasies 1921
17
Faraway Places 1922
27
In Search of Novelty 1923
39
Birth of the Modern Song 1924
51
Flappers and Flooziesf 1925
69
Frivolous Pursuits 1926
85
A New Beginning 1933
249
Mobsters and Movie Houses1934
267
The Great Escape 1935
287
Jitterbugs and Juke Boxes 1936
311
Swinging and Swaying 1937
327
Martians and Hurricanes 1938
349
Hollywoods Finest Year 1939
367
THE WAR YEARS
391

The Plays the Thing 1927
103
Making Whoopee 1928
125
What Goes Up Must Go Down 1929
143
THE DEPRESSION YEARS Prologue
171
A Cornucopia of Standards 1930
175
Looking for the Light1931
205
Love in the Crudest Year 1932
227
What Happened to Americas Popular Songs?
491
Glossary
501
Bibliography
515
Index of Composers and Lyricists
521
Index of Songs
529
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