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

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

Ken Emerson


throughout the overdue Nineteen Fifties and early Sixties, after the surprise of Elvis Presley and ahead of the Beatles spearheaded the British Invasion, fourteen proficient younger songwriters huddled in midtown Manhattan's mythical Brill development and a warren of places of work a section farther uptown and composed probably the most beguiling and enduring entries within the nice American Songbook. Always Magic within the Air is the 1st thorough background of those well known songwriters-tunesmiths who melded black, white, and Latino sounds, built-in audiences earlier than the USA desegregated its colleges, and taken a brand new social awareness to pop tune.

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