At the turn of the twentieth century, Scott Joplin struggled on the margins of society to play a pivotal role in the creation of ragtime. His brief life and tragic death encompassed a tumultuous time of changes in modern music, culture, and technology. This biography follows Joplin’s life from the brothels and bars of St. Louis to the music mills of Tin Pan Alley as he introduced a syncopated, lively style to classical piano. About the Author Ray Argyle is a Toronto author and media consultant who writes on social and cultural history. He has reported for United Press International and advised business and political leaders in the United States, Canada and Europe.