Tin Pan Alley: The Rise Of Elton John

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9780957144200: Tin Pan Alley: The Rise Of Elton John

This unique book focuses on two stars. One is Sir Elton John and his rise from jobbing songwriter to the breakthrough gigs at the LA Troubadour in 1970.

The other is Tin Pan Alley itself. Denmark Street, in London's west end, was home to Britain's music publishing industry. A world filled with sharp, but often surprisingly generous, publishers and the songwriters who needed to sell them their songs to survive. Elton John and Bernie Taupin found themselves in exactly this position before success came knocking.

Author and Elton John fan, Keith Hayward, seamlessly weaves these two worlds together by interviewing those that were there. Band mates in Bluesology and the Elton John Band, Tony Taupin (brother of Bernie), manager Ray Williams, lyricists Gary Osborne and Bill Martin, songwriter Tony Hatch, music publicist Tony King and many more share their thoughts and memories.

With never-before-seen photos, Tin Pan Alley: The Rise of Elton John is the first book to focus solely on the artist's formative years. It is a must not only for Sir Elton's army of fans but for anyone with an interest in music history.

Music business journalist, Nigel Hunter, who worked in the Alley, provides a funny and touching preface and epilogue. The jacket has been specially designed by David Larkham, who was responsible for producing many of Sir Elton's early album covers.

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About the Author:

Keith Hayward has been Nigel Goodall's researcher since they worked together on Elton John: A VisualDocumentary for Omnibus Press. He is a renowned Elton John collector, expert and historian. He has met Elton on several occasions

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Today, Elton would probably describe the audition to the Royal Academy of Music as a daunting proposition for any eleven-year-old to go through, but after showing what he was capable of when it came to playing the piano, an oral test, and convincing his auditioners that he had an ear for music, he was accepted into the Academy, and as far as he was concerned, he was now on the first rung of the ladder to becoming a professional musician.
Helen Piena, his piano tutor at the Academy, recalls that he was offered a Junior Exhibitionist Scholarship even though he couldn't read music, not even a note. He was chosen, says Piena, because he had such a good ear. She taught him the rudiments of playing the piano but not composition, 'I didn't teach him for composition. He had lessons with a composer for that, but I don't know how he was doing in his other classes at the time. I know his compositions were, and still are, classically based, and that was due to his education at the Academy; he learned a lot about music structure whilst he was there.'
As well as practising the piano, he was also in Harmony classes in Room 114. 'I came to the Royal Academy as a junior Saturday morning student in the early sixties,' recalls Skaila Kanga, a fellow student, and a then would-be principal harp player on Elton's second album. 'He used to always sit at the back, out of the way. We were keen and eager, sitting at the front and swotting, but Reg wasn't like that, he was shy and hid away in this very big room, by the window. He remembers me in that class but I don't have a huge amount of recollection of him because he was so very shy. It was quite a tussle for him. He had such a different way of listening to music, and was playing piano mostly by ear, which was, and still is, his incredible skill but which the Academy didn't really engender in those days. It was a much more classical training, and for those students who wanted to go down the classical path, it was invaluable.'
Certainly, he didn't seem to be comfortable doing Mozart and Haydn, continues Kanga. 'And so, therefore, the stricture and all the classes that we had were hard for him.' What he could do, however, was play and improvise on what he could remember, which is a phenomenal thing to do, and vital for the route into rock 'n' roll music.

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Descrizione libro Soundcheck Books, United Kingdom, 2013. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. This unique book focuses on two stars. One is Sir Elton John and his rise from jobbing songwriter to the breakthrough gigs at the LA Troubadour in 1970. The other is Tin Pan Alley itself. Denmark Street, in London?s west end, was home to Britain?s music publishing industry. A world filled with sharp, but often surprisingly generous, publishers and the songwriters who needed to sell them their songs to survive. Elton John and Bernie Taupin found themselves in exactly this position before success came knocking. Author and Elton John fan, Keith Hayward, seamlessly weaves these two worlds together by interviewing those that were there. Band mates in Bluesology and the Elton John Band, Tony Taupin (brother of Bernie), manager Ray Williams, lyricists Gary Osborne and Bill Martin, songwriter Tony Hatch, music publicist Tony King and many more share their thoughts and memories. With never-before-seen photos, Tin Pan Alley: The Rise of Elton John is the first book to focus solely on the artist?s formative years. It is a must not only for Sir Elton?s army of fans but for anyone with an interest in music history. Music business journalist, Nigel Hunter, who worked in the Alley, provides a funny and touching preface and epilogue. The jacket has been specially designed by David Larkham, who was responsible for producing many of Sir Elton?s early album covers. Codice libro della libreria AAT9780957144200

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Descrizione libro Soundcheck Books. Paperback. Condizione libro: new. BRAND NEW, Tin Pan Alley: The Rise of Elton John, Keith Hayward, With first-hand accounts from the people who knew him best, this book details Sir Elton's formative years from training as a classical pianist at the Royal Academy of Music, through his time as a jobbing songwriter in London's Tin Pan Alley and performing his first live gigs, ending with the breakthrough Troubadour concerts in 1970. The author has obtained interviews with everyone from Elton's first piano teacher through to band mates in Bluesology and the Elton John Band, Tony Taupin (brother of Bernie), manager Ray Williams, lyricists Gary Osborne and Bill Martin, songwriter Tony Hatch, music publicist Tony King and many more. They all contribute to a celebration of Elton's journey along the Yellow Brick Road from Tin Pan Alley to the Troubadour. However, Denmark Street, London's Tin Pan Alley, is as much the star of the book as Sir Elton. The author paints a vivid picture of a lost world of sharp music publishers, struggling songwriters and other inhabitants of the street who all came together to socialise and trade songs at the Giaconda and Julie's Cafe. With never-before-seen photos, Tin Pan Alley: The Rise of Elton John is the first book to focus entirely on Elton's formative years up to 1970. For Elton's army of fans and those interested in British musical history, this book is a must. Music business journalist, Nigel Hunter, who worked in Tin Pan Alley himself, provides a funny and touching preface. A really nice touch is that the jacket was designed by David Larkham, who was responsible for the classic Elton John covers such as Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and Captain Fantastic. Codice libro della libreria B9780957144200

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Descrizione libro Soundcheck Books, United Kingdom, 2013. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. This unique book focuses on two stars. One is Sir Elton John and his rise from jobbing songwriter to the breakthrough gigs at the LA Troubadour in 1970. The other is Tin Pan Alley itself. Denmark Street, in London?s west end, was home to Britain?s music publishing industry. A world filled with sharp, but often surprisingly generous, publishers and the songwriters who needed to sell them their songs to survive. Elton John and Bernie Taupin found themselves in exactly this position before success came knocking. Author and Elton John fan, Keith Hayward, seamlessly weaves these two worlds together by interviewing those that were there. Band mates in Bluesology and the Elton John Band, Tony Taupin (brother of Bernie), manager Ray Williams, lyricists Gary Osborne and Bill Martin, songwriter Tony Hatch, music publicist Tony King and many more share their thoughts and memories. With never-before-seen photos, Tin Pan Alley: The Rise of Elton John is the first book to focus solely on the artist?s formative years. It is a must not only for Sir Elton?s army of fans but for anyone with an interest in music history. Music business journalist, Nigel Hunter, who worked in the Alley, provides a funny and touching preface and epilogue. The jacket has been specially designed by David Larkham, who was responsible for producing many of Sir Elton?s early album covers. Codice libro della libreria AAT9780957144200

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