The Absolute Glut of New Music… In 1930

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Never, in all our history of popular music, has there been such a plethora of composers – professional, amateur, alleged – as we have today.

Responsible, of course, are those two fresh hotbeds, the coniferous cinema and the radio.

The merciless ether – by unceasing plugging – has cut down the life of a popular song to but a few weeks, with the result that anyone who thinks he can carry a tune – even if it’s nowhere in particular – nowadays takes a ‘shot’ at music-making.”

George Gershwin, ranting in the New York World Sunday Magazine, May, 1930.