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Tin Pan Alley

Selected Resources from the Music Department - Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

What is Tin Pan Alley? Who is Tin Pan Alley? Where is Tin Pan Alley? Can I get recordings of Tin Pan Alley songs? Can I find the printed music for Tin Pan Alley songs?

No matter your question, the Music Department at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has the answers when it comes to this prominent segment of American popular song. We have books that discuss various aspects of Tin Pan Alley, the composers and lyricists (biographies abound!), the history, the influences on and how it influenced subsequent music history, and even a book on how to get into Tin Pan Alley written in 1939! We have printed music for an amazing number of songs including the complete Irving Berlin and George Gershwin among others and collections of popular songs by decade. Our CD and DVD collections also feature many Tin Pan Alley composers and the artists who made their songs famous.

Selected Resources:

Furia, Philip and Michael Lasser
America’s Songs: The stories behind the songs of...Tin Pan Alley.
ML 3477 .F87 2006
Goldberg, Isaac
Tin Pan Alley: A chronicle of American popular music.
780.973 G57a (1961)
Meyer, Hazel
The gold in Tin Pan Alley
ML 3561 .P6 M5 1977

Palmer, Tony, director
All you need is love: The story of popular music
(DVD) ML3470 .A425 2008x
q ML3545.P32 (book) (1976)
Smith, Kathleen E. R.
God Bless America: Tin Pan Alley goes to war
ML 3477 .S65 2003
Yours for a Song: The women on Tin Pan Alley
Video - American Masters
Mus G You
Zimmers, Tighe E.
Tin Pan Alley Girl: A Biography of Ann Ronell
ML410 ,R63296 Z56 2009