If you walked over right now to the Manhattan intersection of West 28th Street and Broadway, what would you hear? Unfortunately, like too many streets in NYC these days, probably only construction and car horns. But over 100 years ago, you would have been greeted with something else entirely: a cacophony of sounds from aspiring composers, singing and banging away on the piano, from the sidewalk to walk-up music studios. This is the story of one neighborhood in New York that transformed the city into the songwriting and music publishing capital of the world — a role it still maintains over a century later.
Join New York Adventure Club as we shine a spotlight on the former New York City neighborhood of Tin Pan Alley, the birthplace of the American music industry, which produced some of the most prolific songwriters of the early 20th century.
Led by award-winning author Will Friedwald, who is widely considered one of the nation's most prolific music writers, our virtual journey down Tin Pan Alley will include:
The origin story of Tin Pan Alley, and how a stretch of West 28th Street in Manhattan became the home for independent music publishers and songwriters from around the world.
The evolution of the American music business, from the early days where songwriters were largely anonymous, to the mid-1960s when The Beatles and Bob Dylan changed the fundamental business model, to today's '360' management deals.
The music styles that converged in the former neighborhood, including jazz & blues from New Orleans, cowboy songs from the American West, and theatrical scores from the theatres in Europe.
Stories about the early music legends, such as Irving Berlin, Richard Rodgers, and Cole Porter.
Rare and vintage audio & video clips of the legendary Tin Pan Alley songwriters in action, such as Johnny Green playing “Body and Soul and Harold Arlen singing “Stormy Weather — none of which can be found online.
Afterward, we'll have a Q&A with Will — any and all questions about Tin Pan Alley are welcomed and encouraged!
See you there!
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