Music: Passing of Buck

Eugene Edward Buck, the man who rode high and handsome as president of ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers) while it grew into a $7,000,000-a-year business, lost his job last week. ASCAP's directors elected in his stead Critic-Composer Deems Taylor.

The election meant, more than a change of seats, a change of viewpoint. It was the end of an era. Long, lean Songwriter Gene Buck had been since 1925 chieftain of ASCAP, the clangorous music-writing clan that embraces everything from Tin Pan Alley to Rachmaninoff. A friend of Victor Herbert, for...

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