The shift in American popular music and culture is hard to pinpoint exactly, even though writer Ben Yagoda has a compelling argument that talks about just that. His new book, "The B-Side: The Death of Tin Pan Alley and the Rebirth of the Great American Song," talks about the paradigmatic shift from artistic expression and freedom to a lesser-grade form that continues to this day.
The online retailer of music manuscripts, Sheet Music Plus, has teamed up with the Smithsonian Institution to sell digital versions of the scores from the Smithsonian's collection. This will include 400 titles that went online this week, including heavies like Liszt, Berlin and Harry Tierney. In the running with more than 100,000 other titles in the Sam DeVincent collection of illustrated American sheet music, the works were donated to the Smithsonian in 1998. They were chosen, per "The New York Times," "For their cultural or historical significance." "There is early ragtime, several versions of the 'The Star-Spangled Banner,' and turn-of-the-century military marches dedicated to President Theodore Roosevelt. Patriotic anthems from several war eras also abound, with titles like 'I Will Give My Life to Uncle Sam, but I'll Leave My Heart with You,'" it concluded. And as always, part of the profits from the sheet-music sales will go to support the Smithsonian's archival work. Also, to note, the entire DeVincent collection is available to researchers, free upon request, at the archives.
'Deathtrap' and 'Bye Bye Birdie' are also on tap for the company, whose productions netted 21 Jeff Award nominations this year.
With a highly anticipated upcoming release from the new pair, Mr. Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga have released the album artwork and tracklist for their album Cheek to Cheek, set to release September 23.
Now, we take a moment to honor the ingenious multi-award-winning Herb Alpert and his most recent Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album.