God bless america tin pan alley goes to war smith kathleen er on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers god bless america tin pan alley goes to war. The desire of the public and the tin pan alley songwriters for war songs passed through several stages the patriotic phase came first following the flood of pearl harbor songsbillboardcounseled smart songwriters and publishers to concentrate their efforts on tunes of a less specific nature and no doubt there would be another over there to take the country by storm. Kathleen e r smith who teaches history at northwestern state university of louisiana details the efforts of the owi and the american music industry in her book god bless america writing catchy lyrics about antifascism the merits of democracy or the strengths of the united nations however proved to be an impossible task. In her book god bless america tin pan alley goes to war kathleen e r smith writes that escapism seemed to be a high priority for music listeners leading the composers of tin pan alley to struggle to write a war song that would appeal both to civilians and the armed forces. Neither group however could foresee to what extent the war effort would be defined by advertisers and merchandisers one advertiser described morale as a lot of little things and those little things included beer chewing gum tobacco breakfast cereal virtually every product on the american market selling merchandise was always the first priority of tin pan alley and the owi never
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