The Hitmakers: The Teens Who Stole Pop Music | Chicago Reader

The Hitmakers: The Teens Who Stole Pop Music

Morgan Neville's excellent 2001 video documentary tells the story of the young songwriters, mostly Brooklyn Jews, who took the publishing business by storm in the 1950s, unleashing a torrent of rock 'n' roll and doo-wop hits. As Neville learns in interviews with the principals, it's also a story of three marriages, two now defunct (Gerry Goffin and Carole King, Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich) and one in its fourth decade (Barry Mann and Cynthia Weill). The couples worked side by side in offices at the Brill Building at 1619 Broadway, churning out song demos for Don Kirshner's phenomenally successful Aldon Music, and they vividly recall their struggle to keep up with the times as Bob Dylan and the Beatles changed the music business. 90 min.


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