Monday, June 3, 2013

Songs in the Key of Los Angeles

PMP Director Josh Kun has launched a landmark new project in conjunction with the Library Foundation of Los Angeles and the LA Public Library: "Songs in the Key of Los Angeles" is an exploration of the sounds and music of LA, circa 1948-59, via the Library's extensive sheet music collection. The project kicks off with a beautiful book, Songs in the Key of Los Angeles, published by Angel City Press. Written by Kun and with special contributions from musical legends Van Dyke Parks, Stew, and a host of California historians, the anthology showcases more than one hundred vintage sheet music covers from the collection, from California lullabies and Los Angeles waltzes, sunshine rags and sunset serenades, to emerging West Coast jazz and the legacy of Mexican folk traditions.

Read the press release for full details and follow the project's blog at

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