“Tells a fascinating story with insight and style.”
—Ben Yagoda, author of About Town: The New Yorker and the World It Made
“This book is a great read!”
—Howard Suber, author of The Power of Film and Letters to Young Filmmakers
“This is both a first-rate story and a previously untold one.”
—Peter Jaszi, Professor Emeritus, American University Law School
“With its engaging characters and intriguing plot, this book reads like a literary novel.”
—Philip Furia, author of The Poets of Tin Pan Alley
"Captures the spirit of the age and paints a truly engaging portrait of a quite remarkable man.”
—Paul Goldstein, author of Copyright's Highway: From Gutenberg to the Celestial Jukebox (2d ed. 2019)
"The real treat is Rosen’s deft handling of Burkan’s life and times, plus the stories of his famous clients who managed to mess up their lives in outsized ways."
—Washington Independent Review of Books
"Rosen is a good writer with a fun story to tell, and his enthusiasm makes Jazz Age Lawyer a delightful read. He loves these characters."
—Mark Judge, Author of If It Ain't Got That Swing: The Rebirth of Grown-Up Culture
"Lively and revealing" story of the man "who transformed the business of music in America."
—Eric Felten, The Wall Street Journal
"Absorbing. A thoughtful and in-depth look at the substance of many foundational cases in entertainment history."
—Greg Young, Author of The Bowery Boys Adventures in Old New York
"Recites some great tales, some of them quite scandalous. This is legal history with spice."
—Pacific Historical Review
“A story so extraordinary that at times the reminder that the content is all true comes with a jolt.”
—Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice
About Jazz Age Lawyer
Adventures of a Jazz Age Lawyer is the lively story of legal giant Nathan Burkan, whose career encapsulated the coming of age of the institutions, archetypes, and attitudes that define American popular culture. With a client list that included Charlie Chaplin, Al Jolson, Frank Costello, Victor Herbert, Mae West, Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt, Arnold Rothstein, and Samuel Goldwyn, Burkan was “New York’s Spotlight Lawyer” for more than three decades.
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Charlie Chaplin’s films represented only a small fraction of the commerce being transacted in his name, image, and antics during the World War I era. Adventures of a Jazz Age Lawyer recounts how Chaplin’s lawyer, Nathan Burkan, chased down spurious Chaplin films that he considered “vulgar, suggestive, and obscene.” …