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Katherine Spring is Associate Professor in the Department of English and Film Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario. Her articles on film music have appeared in Cinema Journal, Film History, and Music and the Moving Image. The recipient of a development grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, she is presently undertaking a study of film music in contemporary Hong Kong and Hollywood cinemas.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Singing a Song: The Culture and Conventions of Popular Music in the 1920s
Chapter 2. Owning a Song: The Restructuring of Hollywood and Tin Pan Alley
Chapter 3. Plugging a Song: The Discrete Charm of the Popular Song, From Broadway to Hollywood
Chapter 4. Integrating a Song: The Threat to Narrative Plausibility
Chapter 5. Curtailing a Song: Toward the Classical Background Score
Conclusion: The Fate of the Motion Picture Song
Appendix 1: Confirmatory License Issued by Music Publishers Protective Association (1929)
Appendix 2: "Tieups of Film and Music" as Reported by Variety
Appendix 3: Timeline of Relationships Between Film and Music Companies
Appendix 4: Agreement between Al Dubin, The Vitaphone Corp., and Music Publishers Holding Corporation
Appendix 5: Summary of Agreement between Vitaphone Corporation, M. Witmark & Sons, and Ray Perkins