The Parlor and the Public: Tin Pan Alley and the Birth of Manhattan Mass Culture
- Author: Samuel Backer, Johns Hopkins University
- Comment: Jeffrey Melnick, University of Massachusetts – Boston
Tuesday 30 March
Free Virtual Event
During the late 19th century, the upstart sheet music firms known as Tin Pan Alley developed a revolutionary approach to publishing, constructing a system able to sell songs at a previously unimaginable scale and rate. Relying on New York’s central role in national performance networks to disseminate their compositions, this industry was defined by the tension between publishers’ attempts to create mass-marketing commodities, and the fast-moving, alcohol-drenched urban environments in which their products were required to thrive.
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