The Brill Building: Rock 'n' Roll's Tin Pan Alley

GENINT 721.208

Osher (50+). In this course, we meet the songwriters from the Brill Building, some of whom went on to become major recording artists.

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If you have a favorite song from the late 1950s through the early 1960s, chances are it was written by a songwriter from the Brill Building. You may not have heard of the Brill Building before, but it’s a name synonymous with an approach to songwriting that changed the course of popular music. The songwriters, led by Leiber & Stoller (the Rodgers & Hammerstein of rock 'n’ roll songwriting) were mostly teenagers from Brooklyn, New York. Some of them, like Carole King, Neil Sedaka, Paul Simon, and Neil Diamond would go on to become major artists as well. The course features rare videos and personal stories that help provide an insight to American pop culture during this period. We review the amazing amount of hit songs that were written in this building that many people called a magic place or rock ’n’ roll’s Tin Pan Alley—the Brill Building.

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