When, And Why, Did The Great American Songbook Die?

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Duke Ellington (seated) and members of his famous Ellington Orchestra

In The B Side: The Death of Tin Pan Alley and the Rebirth of the Great American Songacclaimed cultural historian Ben Yagoda reveals why The Great American Songbook dried up. Yagoda investigates battles between ASCAP and Broadcast Music, Inc.; the revolution in jazz after World War II; and the bitter, decades-long feud between Mitch Miller and Frank Sinatra.