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Furia, Philip 1943-

Overview
Works: 26 works in 133 publications in 1 language and 9,021 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
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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 1,250 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 )

24 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and held by 988 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 874 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 624 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 )

16 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 608 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 )

8 editions published in 1984 in English and Undetermined and held by 564 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American song lyricists, 1920-1960( Book )

8 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 491 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

5 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and held by 462 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 122 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.... 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"--Back cover
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 begins by discussing composer and lyricist Irving Berlin, who grew up on Manhattan's Lower East Side, the son of a poor cantor at a synagogue; the impact of Berlin's upbringing on his development as a songwriter; his early job as a singing waiter in a saloon; the teeming immigrant culture of which he was a part, which he reflected in his early songs, and his writing of the hit song Alexander's ragtime band, in which he created a genuinely American music, Furia believes; Berlin's writing of the score for Watch your step, a 1914 musical starring Vernon and Irene Castle. The show was the first Broadway score to be written entirely in ragtime, and as such played an important role in "Americanizing" the art form, as did the energetic, vernacular laden songwriting of showman George M. Cohan, Furia points out. Furia discusses what the Broadway musical represents for him; the "great" era of the Broadway musical of the 1920s, '30s and '40s, during which Broadway songs and popular music were synonymous, and the songs had sophistication wit and elegance; the "myth" of Broadway; Tin Pan Alley, an area in New York City where the sheet music publishing business was conducted, and where composers such as George and Ira Gershwin and Irving Berlin got their start; the minstrel show, a popular form of 19th century entertainment which featured whites wearing blackface makeup who performed as part of an ensemble. The minstrel show, Furia says, was eventually replaced by Vaudeville entertainment which emphasized the individual performer and his or her act, an aspect which was carried over into Broadway entertainment. Furia next discusses composer Jerome Kern, a classically trained pianist who teemed up with British humorist and lyricist P. G. Wodehouse to compose clever, colloquial songs featured in their series of shows at the Princess Theatre; singer Ethel Waters, whom Irving Berlin cast in his 1933 revue As thousands cheer; the musical Annie get your gun, based on an idea by lyricist Dorothy Fields, and starring Ethel Merman, with music by Irving Berlin; Berlin's patriotism as reflected in his 1917 musical revue, Yip, yip, Yaphank, and in his writing of the song God bless America, which became the de facto national anthem; more on Dorothy Fields, one of the only women songwriters writing for the Broadway theater, who Furia believes, was on par artistically with songwriters like Cole Porter and Rodgers & Hart. Furia then speaks about the "dream team" which brought forth Annie get your gun. The book was written by Herbert and Dorothy Fields, the show was produced by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, Josh Logan directed, Ethel Merman was the star, and Irving Berlin wrote the music
Dictionary o fliterary biography( Book )

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

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
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
"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

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
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 publisher Joy Allen, editor, Pam Sander, and writer Marita Bon about their newspaper publication, Greater Wilmington Business
Show & tell : writers on writing( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 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

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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