It was the discovery of this nearly-forgotten collection at the Los Angeles Public Library by USC professor Josh Kun that led to the publication of this book and a number of related events. If you live in L.A. you can attend a musical event this coming Thursday (which you can read about HERE) but anyone can click and listen to newly-minted recordings of selected songs and find other related material online HERE. Way back when, the Library did not loan out these sheets but had rehearsal rooms with pianos where visitors could try out the songs right on the premises. Gone are the days…
The handsome, oversized book is more than a mere catalog of reprinted sheet music, however. Kun, who directs the Popular Music Project for the Norman Lear Center at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at USC, offers an informative essay that places these artifacts into social and historical context; other scholars and musicologists (including Stew and the redoubtable Van Dyke Parks) offer their own points of view.
What a lovely discovery!
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