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Author Rosen, Gary A., author.

Title Adventures of a Jazz Age lawyer : Nathan Burkan and the making of American popular culture / Gary A. Rosen
Published Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2020]
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Contents Prologue -- 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 -- Rum runners -- 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
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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes In English
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Subject Burkan, Nathan.
Copyright -- Artistic performance -- United States -- History
Copyright -- Music -- United States -- History
Copyright -- Performing rights -- United States -- History
Performing arts -- United States -- 20th century -- History
Copyright -- Artistic performance
Copyright -- Music
Copyright -- Performing rights
HISTORY -- United States -- 20th Century.
Performing arts
United States
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2019980732
ISBN 0520969758