Ben Yagoda The B Side
January 31, 2015•12 min
THE B SIDE: The Death of Tin Pan Alley and the Rebirth of the Great American Song, acclaimed cultural historian Ben Yagoda answers those questions in a fascinating piece of detective work. Drawing on previously untapped archival sources and on scores of interviews—the voices include Randy Newman, Jimmy Webb, Linda Ronstadt, and Herb Alpert—the book illuminates broad musical trends through a series of intertwined stories. THE B SIDE is about taste, the particular economics and culture of songwriting, and the potential of popular art for greatness and beauty.