Always Magic in the Air: The Bomp and Brilliance of the Brill Building Era #2020

Always Magic in the Air: The Bomp and Brilliance of the Brill Building Era By Ken Emerson Always Magic in the Air The Bomp and Brilliance of the Brill Building Era Always Magic in the Air is a family portrait of fourteen remarkable young songwriters who huddled in midtown Manhattan s Brill Building and in Broadway during the late s and early s craft
  • Title: Always Magic in the Air: The Bomp and Brilliance of the Brill Building Era
  • Author: Ken Emerson
  • ISBN: 9780670034567
  • Page: 165
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Always Magic in the Air: The Bomp and Brilliance of the Brill Building Era By Ken Emerson Always Magic in the Air is a family portrait of fourteen remarkable young songwriters who, huddled in midtown Manhattan s Brill Building and in 1650 Broadway during the late 1950s and early 60s, crafted rock n roll s first entries in the Great American Songbook classics like Elvis Presley s Jailhouse Rock, Dionne Warwick s Walk on By, the Crystals Uptown, the ShiAlways Magic in the Air is a family portrait of fourteen remarkable young songwriters who, huddled in midtown Manhattan s Brill Building and in 1650 Broadway during the late 1950s and early 60s, crafted rock n roll s first entries in the Great American Songbook classics like Elvis Presley s Jailhouse Rock, Dionne Warwick s Walk on By, the Crystals Uptown, the Shirelles Will You Love Me Tomorrow, and the Righteous Brothers You ve Lost That Lovin Feelin Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, Neil Sedaka and Howie Greenfield, Carole King and Gerry Goffin, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, and Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich melded black, white, and Latino sounds before multiculturalism became a concept, integrated audiences before America desegregated its schools, and brought a new social consciousness to pop music Evoking a period when fear and frivolity, sputniks and hula hoops simultaneously girdled the globe, Ken Emerson author of the acclaimed Doo Dah Stephen Foster and the Rise of American Popular Culture describes the world that made these songwriters, the world they in turn made in their music, and the impact on their careers, partnerships, and marriages when the Beatles, Dylan, and drugs ripped those worlds asunder The stories behind their songs make the golden oldies we take for granted sound brand new and moving and eloquent than we ever suspected.
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    1. I ve had this book for years, but it took the passing of Ellie Greenwich part of the songwriting team responsible for such classic, iconic pop songs as Be My Baby and Leader of the Pack this week to make me finally read it Emerson s prose is a little dry, but for anyone with an interest in this musical era, the story and the characters are compelling Even those of us who pride ourselves on knowing that Burt Bacharach wasn t just called into being in the late nineties by Elvis Costello and that C [...]


    2. It s a bit coincidental that I m about to damn this book with faint praise the night after a Glee episode that included two now relatively obscure Burt Bacharach tunes from the peak of his songwriting collaboration with Hal David Ironic, since the Bacharach David and sort of, maybe, the Goffin King teams were the reasons I picked up Emerson s book to begin with Here s all you need to know about Always Magic in the Air only 60 pages in I was desperate to skim the remainder.This book represents a [...]


    3. Great exploration of the brill building era of American pop songwriting these were the writing duos who produced a huge body of phenomenal songs in the 50s and 60s for the likes of Elvis, the Ronettes, Gene Pitney, the Drifters, Dionne Warwick, Dusty Springfield, the Shirelles and many Goffin King, Pomus Shuman, Bacharach David, Barry Greenwich, Mann Weil, Leiber Stoller these people should be lauded in the same way as Mozart or Picasso as far as I m concerned in creating awe inspiring, immorta [...]


    4. If you re a fan of American popular music from the late 50s and early 60s including country, RB, rock, pop, standards, soul and bubblegum , this book is a MUST read The face of modern music American and otherwise wouldn t have existed without the songwriters in this book Those influenced by the Brill Building brilliance achieved so much success that songwriters were rendered obsolete by the very artists they inspired e.g the Beatles An excellent companion piece is the fictional, yet reality base [...]


    5. On one of my trips to Manhattan, I went to the entrance of the Brill Building, thinking wow how many legendary songwriters went through these doors I was star struck just standing there The songwriting teams of Leiber Stoller, Mann Weil, Bacharach David, Pomus Shuman, King Goffin, and my personal faves Barry Greenwich all fantastic If not exactly the golden era, it was for sure when youth had a voice in their culture This is s very good book on that era although the world of the Four Seasons is [...]


    6. Sometimes I think I was born 20 years too late I love and still listen to the music of this era I grew up listening to this music courtesy of my parents because its the music THEY grew up with I call them the American Graffiti generation To this day I devote at least 1 full day every week to play nothing but music from the 50s 60s I have watched almost every documentary or biopic movie and try to read every book I can get my hands on about the music from this era I would have loved to have grown [...]


    7. Always Magic in the Air by Ken Emerson, published by Penguin Books.Category Media Rock and Roll Publication Date October, 2005.If you read the book, The Wrecking Crew you know it is the story of the session musicians that played the music on most of the hits of the 50 s and 60 s Always Magic in the Air is the story of the songwriters of the same era These are the guys and gals who put together the music and lyrics to all those great songs that are still enjoyed today.The most famous duo was Jerr [...]


    8. A great romp through a wild, wacky era that produced by accident songs that entered the canon of the American Songbook, up there with the Olympians Gershwin, Berlin, Porter et al The book became slightly claustrophobic when I realised how concentrated the hits were to a period and to a small group But it fed my pride as the father of a Jew not one myself that Jews were and are so prolific and talented in culture The author knows music and spread his hyperbolae thinly and judiciously I m not sure [...]


    9. Do you like 60s music, the girl groups, sing along able hits that didn t involve British groups Then you liked the writers of the Brill Building Burt Bacharach, Carole King, Neil Sedaka all of the familiar and less familiar names are in Always Magic in the Air An amazing nexus of tunesmiths resided at the Brill Building in New York, pounding out hit after hit The Locomotion, Leader of the Pack, Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, etcThis book looks at the teams that made the songs, and digs into their hi [...]


    10. These are my favorite songs I knew that before I opened the book, but while reading, I was again and again astonished at all the songs that were written by these duos Ruby Baby I was excited and my head was filled with music and handclaps the entire page turning time It made me want to make mixes and read in depth bios of the song writers involved next up, Doc Pomus and Carole King Really everyone, should read this book and feel the music hold you tight I mean it, such a fucking golden age of s [...]


    11. This is a good peak behind the curtain into the songwriting industry that basically started in the days of Cole Porter and Jimmy McHugh and continues today with Diane Warren and song doctors Glen Ballard and Desmond Child You may notice a dip in quality between those sets of names The Brill Building songwriting teams in this book Lieber and Stoller, Pomus and Shuman, Barry and Greenwich, Goffin and King and created scores of amazing tunes, but just as much forgettable schlock and crap Their att [...]


    12. A very readable and comprehensive study on an under appreciated part of Rock history Often called Brill Building Rock after the NYC building many of these song writers worked in, this music bridges the gap between the original Rock n Roll explosion of the mid 50 s and the British Invasion MoTown Folk Rock explosions of the mid 60 s From the Coasters and the Drifters thru the Shirelles, the Shangrilas, and even the Monkees, these writers left a trail of pop songs people love even now One can even [...]


    13. So many names Of people, of producers, of artists, of songs this sometimes got a little tiring But in general, it s quite an interesting overview of the Brill Building pop music writers scene I wish it came with a CD Off to find my Shangri Las album But here s my favorite line, when he s describing the effect of Dylan s emergence on the Brill Building songwriters Dylan crammed words into a verse than Gerry Goffin expended in an entire song, and they were wide ranging, in your face, and adult or [...]


    14. I ve always been intrigued by the history of the Brill Building and the songwriting teams who have left an indelible mark on rock and roll history Always Magic in the Air painted a colorful picture of the Brill Building as a pop song factory and the personalities involved A must read for rock and roll history buffs.


    15. I read this after reading a book about songwriters in Laurel Canyon I d recommend reading this one first Anyway, this was very well written, interesting, and informative Decades worth of info about King and Goffin, Leiber and Stoller, Mann and Weil, Barry and Greenwich, Bacharach and David, and A must for any popular music fan.


    16. This story of the song writing teams in New York at the Brill Building and 1650 Broadway is a great history of how many pop hits from the 1950s and 1960s were created Carole King, Neil Sedaka and Burt Bacharach are among those who tell the story of the competition between the writing teams and what happened to the 14 writers.


    17. Well researched book about the great American pop songwriters of the 50 s and 60 s It s really cool to hear the stories behind the songs, especially the Barry Greenwich and Mann Weill songwriting teams The author was a bit too reverent about the music, though s just pop music for kids, after all.


    18. Fascinating bio of the main songwriters responsible for many of the later 1950s and early to mid 1960s musical hits of the day and later Songwriting giants and remarkable personalities Very well done.


    19. Too encyclopedic to heartily recommend, and not very analytical However, the influence of the Brill Building is worth a look.I learnedat Neil Sedaka and Neil Diamond went to the same high school, Abraham Lincoln in the Bronx.


    20. Had the writing been better, this might have been a compelling read As it was, I stuck it out purely for the information that would put me on a par with Daniel Stern s Schrevie from Diner.


    21. I really wanted to like this book, but the writing got in the way of the interesting subject matter If there had been less dry listing of song titles, and stories about the camraderie and competition of the songwriting business of that era, I would have enjoyed it.






    22. Interesting for a while, but then it got too detailed and confusing It would be cool to listen to all the songs they refer to as you read it though.


    23. I love the music of this era, and was eager to read this What a disappointment I just couldn t slog through the recitation of song titles and finally gave up.


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