Tin Pan Alley

Tin Pan Alley

noun
1.
the district of a city, especially New York City, where most of the popular music is published.
2.
the composers or publishers of popular music as a group.
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Tin Pan Alley
 
n
1.  a district in a city concerned with the production of popular music, originally a small district in New York
2.  derogatory the strictly commercial side of show business and pop music

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Tin Pan Alley
"hit song writing business," 1908, from tin pan, slang for "a decrepit piano" (1882). The original one was 28th Street in New York City, home to many music publishing houses.
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Tin Pan Alley definition


A reference to the popular music industry in the United States; the term is not used as much today as it was a generation or two ago.

Note: Tin Pan Alley is often associated with songwriters who are more interested in making money off their songs than in producing high-quality music.
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