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The New Tin Pan Alley: Hollywood Looks at American Popular Songwriters

John C. Tibbetts

in Composers in the Movies: Studies in Musical Biography

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300106749
eISBN:
9780300128031
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300106749.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

This chapter focuses on Yankee Doodle Dandy, the Warner Bros. movie about George M. Cohan's life. It is but one of dozens of Hollywood biopics purporting to tell the story of the great American ... More


Composers in the Movies: Studies in Musical Biography

John C. Tibbetts

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300106749
eISBN:
9780300128031
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300106749.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

This book is about composer biographies in the likes of Amadeus, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Swanee River, and Rhapsody in Blue. Even before movies had sound, filmmakers dramatized the lives of composers. ... More


Love Crimes

Brian Roberts

in Blackface Nation: Race, Reform, and Identity in American Popular Music, 1812-1925

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226451503
eISBN:
9780226451787
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226451787.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter reexamines the Five Points Riot as an example of “love crime” racism. That is, the rioters embraced blackface and Jim Crow even during the riot, while engaging in violent attacks against ... More


The Profoundly Troubling History of the Coon Song

Sharon Ammen

in May Irwin: Singing, Shouting, and the Shadow of Minstrelsy

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780252040658
eISBN:
9780252099090
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040658.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter explores the origination of the coon song, a ragtime melody mixing jazz and march music and replete with degrading racial stereotypes. May Irwin was the most prominent white female coon ... More


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