Always Magic in the Air : The Bomp and Brilliance of the Brill Building Era
During the late 1950s and early 1960s, after the shock of Elvis Presley and before the Beatles spearheaded the British Invasion, fourteen gifted young songwriters huddled in midtown Manhattan's legendary Brill Building and a warren of offices a bit farther uptown and composed some of the most beguiling and enduring entries in the Great American Songbook. "Always Magic in the Air" is the first thorough history of these renowned songwriters-tunesmiths who melded black, white, and Latino sounds, integrated audiences before America desegregated its schools, and brought a new social consciousness to pop music.
- Paperback | 334 pages
- 137.16 x 213.36 x 22.86mm | 340.19g
- 01 Oct 2006
- Penguin Books
- New York, NY, United States
- Illustrations, unspecified
Superb... Witty, in love with the music, Emerson is the ideal companion for this narrative.... Beautiful stuff. ("The Boston Globe")
About Ken Emerson
Ken Emerson, the author of Doo-Dah!: Stephen Foster and the Rise of American Popular Culture and coauthor of Stephen Foster, a documentary film for the PBS series The American Experience, has written widely about popular music and culture since the 1960s. His articles and reviews have appeared in publications ranging from Rolling Stone to The Wall Street Journal. He is the former articles editor of The New York Times Magazine and op-ed editor of New York Newsday.