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Saying It With Songs: Popular Music and the Coming of Sound to Hollywood Cinema

  • Author: Spring, Katherine
Springs emphasis on songs during the conversion periodmatters not just because it helps us better grasp corporate relationships and cinematic storytelling, but also because it complicates the... More…



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  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1. Singing a Song: The Culture and Conventions of Popular Music in the 1920s
  • Chapter 2. Owning a Song: The Restructuring of Hollywood and Tin Pan Alley
  • Chapter 3. Plugging a Song: The Discrete Charm of the Popular Song, From Broadway to Hollywood
  • Chapter 4. Integrating a Song: The Threat to Narrative Plausibility
  • Chapter 5. Curtailing a Song: Toward the Classical Background Score
  • Conclusion: The Fate of the Motion Picture Song
  • Appendix 1: Confirmatory License Issued by Music Publishers Protective Association (1929)
  • Appendix 2: Tieups of Film and Music as Reported by Variety
  • Appendix 3: Timeline of Relationships Between Film and Music Companies
  • Appendix 4: Agreement between Al Dubin, The Vitaphone Corp., and Music Publishers Holding Corporation
  • Appendix 5: Summary of Agreement between Vitaphone Corporation, M. Witmark & Sons, and Ray Perkins
  • Bibliography
  • Credits
  • Index