Always Magic in the Air

Always Magic in the Air

The Bomp and Brilliance of the Brill Building Era

Format
Ebook
Price
$15.99
 
Additional Formats
  • Ebook
  • ISBN 9781101156926
  • 352 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult

Overview

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.

Praise

An insightful, delightful look at ‘the sounds pouring out of radios and jukeboxes in the 1950s and 1960s’ (The Wall Street Journal )

Emerson takes flight…. Here we get the whole tale in a single entertaining package. (The New York Times Book Review)

Superb… Witty, in love with the music, Emerson is the ideal companion for this narrative…. Beautiful stuff. (The Boston Globe)
promo_Western
promo_SHOP
promo_BeaksGeeks
PRH Book Clubs Survey
promo_FirsttoRead_Small

Westerns

Craig Johnson
Keith McCafferty
Michael McGarrity
promo_PenguinBlog_small
promo_FirsttoRead_Small
promo_StaffPicks
promo_EditorsDesk

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

Elizabeth Gilbert
Elizabeth Gilbert
Elizabeth Gilbert
Elizabeth Gilbert
Penguin 80th Anniversary
Penguin 80th Timeline
Penguin 80th The Original 10
Penguin 80th Scavenger Hunt
Fun Fact

Elvis Presley is born in 1935 and, a little over 20 years later, he would have his first #1 single on the US charts, forever changing the landscape of popular culture and ushering in a new age of celebrity superstardom.

Penguin 80th Book Truck