Ben Yagoda's 'The B-Side' a premature lament for eclipse of Great American Songbook

February 4, 2015 4:11 PM

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"The B-Side: The Death of Tin Pan Alley and the Rebirth of the Great American Song" by Ben Yagoda; Riverhead (304 pages, $27.95)

In the often engaging, sometimes infuriating book "The B-Side," Yagoda, whose past books included such topics as The New Yorker, the art of writing and Will Rogers, explores the rise and fall of the professional songwriting system from the 1920s through the 1960s.

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