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Furia, Philip 1943-

Works: 26 works in 134 publications in 1 language and 9,273 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  History  Biography‡vDictionaries  Bio-bibliography‡vDictionaries  Conference papers and proceedings  Interviews  Music 
Roles: Author, Editor, Interviewee, Narrator
Classifications: PS309.L8, B
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Philip Furia
The poets of Tin Pan Alley : a history of America's great lyricists by Philip Furia( Book )

25 editions published between 1990 and 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the turn of the century to the 1960s, the songwriters of Tin Pan Alley dominated American music. Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin, Rodgers and Hart -even today these giants remain household names, their musicals regularly revived, their methods and styles analyzed and imitated, and their songs the bedrock of jazz and cabaret. Furia shows how their poetic lyrics were as important as their brilliant music to shaping a golden age of American popular songs.-Derived from book jacket
Ira Gershwin : the art of the lyricist by Philip Furia( Book )

23 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and held by 982 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After describing the Gershwin brothers' brief but brilliant work in Hollywood before George's sudden death - work that produced such classics as "They Can't Take That Away From Me" and "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off"--Furia follows Ira's career through such triumphs as Lady in the Dark with Kurt Weill, Cover Girl with Jerome Kern, and A Star Is Born, with Harold Arlen. Along the way, Furia provides much insight into the art of the lyricist, and he captures the magic of a golden era when not only the Gershwins, but Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II, Gertrude Lawrence, Fred Astaire, and other luminaries made the lights of Broadway and the Hollywood screen shine brighter than ever before
Irving Berlin : a life in song by Philip Furia( Book )

6 editions published between 1998 and 2001 in English and held by 864 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this book, musical theater historian Philip Furia has written a musical life of America's most beloved composer. With access to the Irving Berlin Archives, he has brought forth new information on how the songs were created and related this to the important incidents in the composer's life. He has truly delineated a "life in song," for Berlin was a man who drew on his entire life's experiences in crafting his musical work
America's songs : the stories behind the songs of Broadway, Hollywood, and Tin Pan Alley by Philip Furia( Book )

12 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 623 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"America's Songs tells the stories behind the greatest songs ever to emerge from the Broadway musical, Hollywood movies, and the music industry of Tin Pan Alley. Heard in stage revivals, film soundtracks, jazz and cabaret, and recorded by performers as diverse as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Linda Ronstadt, Willie Nelson, and Rod Stewart, these songs are the closest thing America has to a classical repertoire of song. In addition to recounting each song's inspiration, creation, and enduring popularity, America's Songs shows how these "standards" mirror American life from the years before World War I through the years after Vietnam."--Jacket
The songs of Hollywood by Philip Furia( Book )

17 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 600 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the history of song in film, both in musicals and in dramatic movies such as High Noon. --from publisher description
Pound's Cantos declassified by Philip Furia( Book )

9 editions published between 1984 and 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 563 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

By using his Cantos for storing, "making new," and transmitting historical documents, Pound was returning the epic to its ancient function as a tribal archive for the "luminous details" of history that define a culture's past and shape its future. So argues this book, which does not overlook the poem's brilliant lyrical passages but for the first time focuses on those vast stretches of Pound's epic composed not of literary touchstones but of that most unpoetic of literary forms, historical documents. Pound's task as epic poet was complicated by the fact that the documents he wished to renew and transmit to his culture were largely unknown, often because in his mind they had been suppressed by a widespread conspiracy throughout the ages which he termed the "historical black-out." His Cantos therefore, he believed, must be a counter-conspiracy to rescue vital documents from that black-out, renew them, and then recirculate them to combat the economic and political forces behind the black-out. Drawing on recent research by numerous scholars, Furia traces the arcane documents Pound unearthed from libraries around the world and shows how he transmuted this documentary mass into poetry, first by framing passages of prose to highlight their poetic texture and then by weaving these shards and fragments into a collage of intricate structure. Among the documents Furia "declassifies" are Chinese edicts, Italian bank charters, British factory commission reports, Byzantine guild regulations, American Presidential papers, municipal records, judicial writs, parliamentary statutes, legislative codes, contracts, deeds, mandates, treaties, diary entries, and correspondence by such diverse figures as Lorenzo de' Medici, Martin Van Buren, Napoleon, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Mustapha Kemal, and Kubla Khan. Pound's Cantos Declassified traces the poet's struggle to shape the content of the epic poem that absorbed most of his creative life
American song lyricists, 1920-1960( Book )

8 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 483 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Skylark : the life and times of Johnny Mercer by Philip Furia( Book )

5 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and held by 459 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the life of lyricist Johnny Mercer, discussing how he brought his quintessentially southern style to both his life in New York and his lyrics
The American song book by Philip Furia( Book )

8 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The American Song Book, Volume I: The Tin Pan Alley Era is the first in a projected five-volume series of books that will reprint original sheet music, including covers, of songs that constitute the enduring standards of Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, the Gershwins, and other lyricists and composers of what has been called the "Golden Age" of American popular music. These songs have done what popular songs are not supposed to do-stayed popular. They have been reinterpreted year after year, generation after generation, by jazz artists such as Charlie Parker and Art Tatum, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. In the 1950s, Frank Sinatra began recording albums of these standards and was soon followed by such singers as Tony Bennet, Doris Day, Willie Nelson, and Linda Ronstadt. In more recent years, these songs have been reinterpreted by Rod Stewart, Harry Connick, Jr., Carly Simon, Lady GaGa, K.D. Laing, Paul McCartney, and, most recently, Bob Dylan. As such, these songs constitute the closest thing America has to a repertory of enduring classical music. In addition to reprinting the sheet music for these classic songs, authors Philip Furia and Laurie Patterson place these songs in historical context with essays about the sheet-music publishing industry known as Tin Pan Alley, the emergence of American musical comedy on Broadway, and the "talkie" revolution that made possible the Hollywood musical. The authors also provide biographical sketches of songwriters, performers, and impresarios such as Florenz Ziegfeld. In addition, they analyze the lyrical and musical artistry of each song and relate anecdotes, sometimes amusing, sometimes poignant, about how the songs were created. The American Songbook is a book that can be read for enjoyment on its own or be propped on the piano to be played and sung
The beast that was and is not and yet is: a study of the imagery of Hart Crane's The bridge and William Carlos William's Paterson by Philip Furia( )

3 editions published between 1970 and 1972 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

[Interview with Philip Furia : raw footage]( Visual )

2 editions published between 1999 and 2002 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Raw interview footage used for the documentary Broadway, the American musical. Author and historian Philip Furia discusses the American musical. Topics include the Broadway song as a "barometer" of the nation's emotional state; early 20th century theater's reflection of the multi-ethnic society in which it existed; performer Fanny Brice whose wide ranging talents earned her a starring role in producer Florenz Ziegfeld's Follies; the song Sadie Salome (go home), written for her by Irving Berlin; Ziegfeld's ability to amalgamate in a single Follies production all that was current in the theater; the 1911 song Alexander's ragtime band, Berlin's first major hit which became a landmark for American music; theatrical showman George M. Cohan, whose scores combined irregular ragtime beats with straightforward American speech to create a new vernacular, as in his song You're a grand old flag; Al Jolson, who was the "embodiment" of Broadway the early 1910s and 1920s, and whose exuberant performances connected deeply with his audiences; the groundbreaking musical Show boat, whose book and lyrics written by Oscar Hammerstein featured character and plot driven songs like Old man river; Broadway songwriters of the 1920s such as George and Ira Gershwin and Lorenz Hart who produced sophisticated, witty songs which capitalized on their understanding of American speech; the basis of George Gershwin's music in ragtime syncopation, and the difficulty of writing lyrics to accompany his tunes; the Broadway revue of the 1930s, which featured memorable songs strung together by lightweight plots. Tape one ends at 28 min
Dictionary o fliterary biography( Book )

2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"American Song Lyricists, 1920-1960. Vol. 265" by Philip Furia( Book )

1 edition published in 2002 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Broadway : America center stage( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

In the years following WWI America's identity came into sharp focus on the Broadway stage. Broadway musicals reflected the roaring 20s and the jazz age, setting the pace for American culture in the early twentieth century. Looks at the evolution of Broadway and the role it played in breaking down ethnic and racial barriers. Features archival film footage with commentary by authors and historians
Yours for a Song Collection of Noncommercial Video Recordings( Visual )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The collection consists of materials used in the production of the 1999 documentary Yours for a Song profiling the lives and work of four women songwriters of the Tin Pan Alley era; Kay Swift, Dorothy Fields, Dana Suesse, and Ann Ronell. Includes archival footage, interviews and/or musical performances by Cy Coleman, Albert Hague, Artis Wodehouse, Gary Stevens, Michael Feinstein, Nora Michaels, Philip Furia, David Lahm, Deborah Grace Winer, Katharine Weber, Max Morath, Joan Morris, Russell Warner, Peter Mintun, Richard Renaldo, Oscar Brand, and Doris Fisher, among others
Tin Pan Alley : soundtrack of America( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Tells the story of Tin Pan Alley and the songwriters, composers, lyricists, and publishers who worked together for their mutual financial benefit launching the American music industry of the 20th century. From 1885 through 1935 Tin Pan Alley wrote the music of America, sung in homes, during wartime and after victory. Features archival film footage with commentary by authors, historians, composers and lyricists
Show & tell : writers on writing( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Broadway, the American musical (promotional reel) : a 6-part series for public television( Visual )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Promotional reel for the six-hour PBS documentary Broadway, the American musical. Includes footage from a variety of Broadway productions and excerpts from interviews conducted for the program
Let's read. UNCW & you( Visual )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Betty Ann Sanders talks with Nicki Leone, manager, Bristol Books; Clyde Edgerton, visiting distinguished professor of creative writing at UNCW; Mary Brenner, professor of creative writing at UNCW; Ben Steelman, feature writer, Wilmington Star News, and members of the Laura Runyon Book Club of New Hanover County
The poets of Tin Pan Alley : lyrics and lyricists of the golden age of American popular song by Philip Furia( )

1 edition published in 1990 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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The poets of Tin Pan Alley : a history of America's great lyricists
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Furia, Philip.

Philip Furia American academic and writer


English (125)

Ira Gershwin : the art of the lyricistIrving Berlin : a life in songAmerica's songs : the stories behind the songs of Broadway, Hollywood, and Tin Pan AlleyThe songs of HollywoodAmerican song lyricists, 1920-1960Skylark : the life and times of Johnny MercerDictionary o fliterary biography