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Interview with Lee Adams

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Interview with Lee Adams
Additional title: They're playing our song
Adams, Lee, 1924- (Interviewee)
Wilk, Max (Interviewer)

Interviews for the book "They're playing our song"

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1971-05-08
Library locations
Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound
Shelf locator: *LDC 53141
Shelf locator: *LT-10 2154
Adams, Lee, 1924-
Lyricists -- United States
Source note: Title supplied by cataloger from information on the original container.
Content: Original interview conducted by Max Wilk, playwright, screenwriter and author of fiction and nonfiction books, for the book "They're playing our song" published in 1973.
Venue: Recorded in Westport, Connecticut 1971 May 8.
Additional physical form: Also available on CD (1 audio disc : digital, mono ; 4 3/4 in.) copied from archival original in *LDC 53141.
Physical Description
Audiotape reel
Extent: 1 audiotape reel (approximately 60 min.) : analog, 7 1/2 ips., 1/2 track mono ; 10 in.
Adams, an American lyricist, speaks about how to succeed in songwriting and how he personally succeeded; musical theatre collaboration with Charles Strouse and writing Bye Bye Birdie; what inspired him to make writing lyrics his profession; Cole Porter and his works; the 12 years he struggled before reaching stardom; artists he associated with; Mel Brooks' attempt and failure to get him into TV shows, and such. Adams and Wilk discuss radio reporting, some people in the TV show industry such as Phil Donahue, Dick Van Dyke, Merv Griffin, Carol Burnett and others, prejudices of critics and Brooks Atkinson in particular, various issues of show business such as the meaning of success, the definition of high standards, the economic side of show business, the perils of putting on a show, and more.
Type of Resource
Sound recording
RLIN/OCLC: 871339164
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20050630
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 4c3c4590-b3f2-0133-2148-3c07547a230f
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  • 1971: Created
  • 2020: Found by you!
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Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Lee Adams" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1971. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/830bba90-c32b-0133-dae3-60f81dd2b63c

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Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Lee Adams" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed July 10, 2020. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/830bba90-c32b-0133-dae3-60f81dd2b63c

APA Format

Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, The New York Public Library. (1971). Interview with Lee Adams Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/830bba90-c32b-0133-dae3-60f81dd2b63c

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Interview with Lee Adams