Tin Pan Alley


noun

the district of a city, especially New York City, where most of the popular music is published.
the composers or publishers of popular music as a group.
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British Dictionary definitions for tin pan alley

Tin Pan Alley


noun

a district in a city concerned with the production of popular music, originally a small district in New York
derogatory the strictly commercial side of show business and pop music
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Culture definitions for tin pan alley

Tin Pan Alley


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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