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Title Adventures of a Jazz Age lawyer : Nathan Burkan and the making of American popular culture / Gary A. Rosen.
Author Rosen, Gary A., author.
Publication Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2020]
Copyright date ©2020
Description 398 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Call # 340.092 R
Note "Simpson imprint in humanities."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 375-383) and index.
Summary "Adventures of a Jazz Age Lawyer is a lively narrative exploring the coming-of-age of institutions, archetypes, and attitudes that define American popular culture. This story is revealed through the career of legal giant Nathan Burkan, whose clients included Charlie Chaplin, Al Jolson, Frank Costello, Victor Herbert, Mae West, Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt, Arnold Rothstein, and Samuel Goldwyn. Burkan was one of the principal draftspeople of the epochal Copyright Act of 1909 and the guiding spirit behind the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, which was established to protect the rights of composers whose music was being played in cabarets and theaters without compensation. Burkan's groundbreaking work laid the legal foundation for the Great American Songbook and the Golden Age of Hollywood, and it continues to influence popular culture today. Gary A. Rosen tells stories of dramatic and often uproarious courtroom confrontations, scandalous escapades of the rich and famous, and momentous clashes of powerful political, economic, and cultural forces from which the United States emerged as the world's leading exporter of creative energy. Adventures of a Jazz Age Lawyer is not merely an engaging look at the life of Nathan Burkan, but a history of entertainment and intellectual property law in the early twentieth century. Rosen takes us on a fascinating romp through an era of American culture that promises new discoveries for anyone interested in the spirit of the Jazz Age"--Provided by publisher.
Contents Prologue: Nathan the wise -- Immigrant passages -- The Pittsburgh troubles -- To Victor belong the spoils -- Tin Pan Alley -- Canned music -- Mr. Burkan goes to Washington -- The two-cent solution -- Entr'acte -- The lone star -- Charlie in the harem -- The price of a good time -- The gospel of performing rights -- Shanley's cabaret extraordinaire -- The music tax -- The ether toy -- The silent screen -- The jazz singer -- Rumrunners -- The bindlestiff -- New York's spotlight lawyer -- Love's undertaker -- Nightstick censorship -- The big bankroll and the little flower -- Modern times -- New Deal days -- Gloria -- Blue bloods meet the hoi polloi -- Twilight of the music trust -- Exeunt.
Subject Burkan, Nathan.
Copyright -- Music -- United States -- History.
Copyright -- Performing rights -- United States -- History.
Copyright -- Artistic performance -- United States -- History.
Performing arts -- United States -- 20th century -- History.
Lawyers -- United States -- Biography.
Copyright -- Artistic performance. (OCoLC)fst00878711
Copyright -- Music. (OCoLC)fst00878748
Copyright -- Performing rights. (OCoLC)fst00878755
Performing arts. (OCoLC)fst01057887
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Related To Online version: Rosen, Gary A. Adventures of a Jazz Age lawyer. Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2020] 9780520969759 (DLC) 2019980732 (OCoLC)1108805725
ISBN 0520297377 (hardcover) :
9780520297371 (hardcover) :
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