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    DescriptionJust as 'The Last Party' caught Britpop in the 90s, and 'Easy Riders' and 'Raging Bull' portrayed Hollywood in the 70s, so 'Always Magic in the Air' brilliantly captures the sweet, baby-boom music scene of New York in the 60s. '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, created some of rock 'n' roll's first entries great classics -- songs like Elvis Presley's 'Jailhouse Rock', Dionne Warwick's 'Walk On By' and the Righteous Brothers' 'You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'. Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Neil Sedaka and Howie Greenfield, and many others, melded black, white and Latino sounds before multiculturalism became a concept, integrated audiences before American desegregated its schools, and brought a new social consciousness to pop music. Impeccably researched, including exclusive interviews with all the main participants, 'Always Magic in the Air' is a riveting chapter in American popular culture, evoking a period when fear and frivolity, sputniks and hula-hoops simultaneously girdled the globe. Ken Emerson 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 grated sounds brand new and more moving and eloquent than we ever suspected.

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    Always Magic in the Air
    The Bomp and Brilliance of the Brill Building Era
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ken Emerson
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 352
    Width: 153 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 34 mm
    Weight: 478 g
    ISBN 13: 9781841157283
    ISBN 10: 1841157287

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.7
    BIC E4L: MUS
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBBEY
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJPK
    BISAC V2.8: MUS035000
    BIC subject category V2: AVG
    DC22: 781.660973
    BISAC V2.8: HIS000000
    Thema V1.0: NH, AVLP, AVL
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1KBB-US-NAK
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3MPQS
    HarperCollins Publishers
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    Publication date
    20 March 2006
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Ken Emerson is a music journalist, historian, and former editor of the New York Times Magaizine. His previous books include a biography of Neil Sedaka.
    Review quote
    'A magisterial study!scholarly and highly entertaining.' Daily Telegraph 'A loving and exhaustive examination!a stern corrective to anyone who thinks pop music began with the Beatles.' Observer Music Monthly