unfair to genius the strange and litigious career of ira b arnstein

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Unfair To Genius

Author : Gary Rosen
ISBN : 9780199910588
Genre : History
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The long and tortured career of Ira B. Arnstein, "the unrivaled king of copyright infringement plaintiffs," opens a curious window into the evolution of copyright law in the United States. As Gary A. Rosen shows in this frequently funny and always entertaining history, the litigious Arnstein was a trenchant observer and most improbable participant in the transformation of not just copyright, but of American popular music itself. A musical prodigy in the late nineteenth century, Arnstein performed as a boy soprano at the famous 1893 "White City" exhibition in Chicago. He grew up to be a composer of moderate accomplishment, but by the mid-1920s his fortunes had reversed in the face of changing tastes and times. Embittered and confused, he became convinced that he was the victim of a conspiracy to steal his music and set out on a three-decade-long campaign to prove it, suing most of the major players in the popular music industry of his day. Although Arnstein never won a case, Rosen shows that the decisions rendered ultimately defined some of the basic parameters of copyright law. His most consequential case, against a dumbfounded Cole Porter, established precedents that have provided the foundation for successful suits against George Harrison, Michael Bolton, and many others. Unfair to Genius alternates the stories of Arnstein and a colorful cast of supporting characters with a fascinating account of the economic, technological, and legal forces of the first half of the twentieth century that shifted the balance of power from the mercenary music publishers of Tin Pan Alley to the composers and lyricists who wrote the Great American Songbook.

Always Magic In The Air

Author : Ken Emerson
ISBN : 9781101156926
Genre : Music
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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.

Real Presence

Author : Richard Bausch
ISBN : 080712477X
Genre : Fiction
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When Monsignor Vincent Shepherd has a serious heart attack and is assigned to a country parish in rural Virginia, he expects quiet and death, but instead he must gather his strength to deal with "a grapes of wrath family," Duck Bexley, his wife, and their five children.--Cover.

Selling Sounds

Author : David Suisman
ISBN : 9780674054684
Genre : Business & Economics
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From Tin Pan Alley to grand opera, player-pianos to phonograph records, David Suisman explores the rise of music as big business and the creation of a radically new musical culture. Provocative, original, and lucidly written, Selling Sounds reveals the commercial architecture of America’s musical life.

Sinatra The Song Is You

Author : Will Friedwald
ISBN : 9780786751594
Genre : Music
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This splendid musical biography is the first book to document Frank Sinatra's musical legacy through seven decades, revealing the man through his music. Friedwald examines what has made Sinatra such an enduring influence on American pop culture, and draws upon interviews with the musicians, performers, arrangers, and songwriters with whom Sinatra has worked. 16 pages of photos.

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