Encyclopedia Of Great Popular Song Recordings by Steve SullivanEncyclopedia Of Great Popular Song Recordings by Steve Sullivan

Encyclopedia Of Great Popular Song Recordings

bySteve Sullivan

Hardcover | May 17, 2017

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Volumes 3 and 4 of the The Encyclopedia of More Great Popular Song Recordings provides the stories behind approximately 1,700 more of the greatest song recordings in the history of the music industry, from 1890 to today. In this masterful survey, all genres of popular music are covered, from pop, rock, soul, and country to jazz, blues, classic vocals, hip-hop, folk, gospel, and ethnic/world music. Collectors will find detailed discographical data-recording dates, record numbers, Billboard chart data, and personnel-while music lovers will appreciate the detailed commentaries and deep research on the songs, their recording, and the artists. Readers who revel in pop cultural history will savor each chapter as it plunges deeply into key events-in music, society, and the world-from each era of the past 125 years. Following in the wake of the first two volumes of his original Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings, this follow-up work covers not only more beloved classic performances in pop music history, but many lesser -known but exceptional recordings that-in the modern digital world of "long tail" listening, re-mastered recordings, and "lost but found" possibilities-Sullivan mines from modern recording history. The Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings, Volumes 3 and 4 lets the readers discover, and, through their playlist services, from such as iTunes toand Spotify, build a truly deepcomprehensive catalog of classic performances that deserve to be a part of every passionate music lover's life. Sullivan organizes songs in chronological order, starting in 1890 and continuing all the way throughto the present to include modern gems from June 2016. In each chapter, Sullivanhe immerses readers, era by era, in the popular music recordings of the time, noting key events that occurred at the time to painting a comprehensive picture in music history of each periodfor each song. Moreover, Sullivan includes for context bulleted lists noting key events that occurred during the song's recording
Steve Sullivan is an author and contributor to such works as Pop Memories: The History of Popular Music, 1890--1954; Va Va Voom: Bombshells, Pin-Ups, Sexpots and Glamour Girls; Bombshells: Glamour Girls of a Lifetime; and Glamour Girls: The Illustrated Encyclopedia. He is also the author Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings, V...
Title:Encyclopedia Of Great Popular Song RecordingsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:832 pages, 11.28 × 8.81 × 2.38 inPublished:May 17, 2017Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1442254483

ISBN - 13:9781442254480

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Table of Contents

IntroductionForwardPlaylist 1: 1890-1919Playlist 2: 1920-1929Playlist 3: 1930-1939Playlist 4: 1940-1949Playlist 5; 1950-1959Playlist 6: 1960-1964Playlist 7: 1965-1969Playlist 8: 1970-1979Playlist 9: 1980-1989Playlist 10: 1990-1999Playlist 11: 2000-2009Playlist 12: 2010-2016BibliographyAlphabetical Song Index

Editorial Reviews

Continuing where his inaugural two volumes left off, Steve Sullivan explores additional selections of great but underappreciated song recordings in volumes three and four. Added are some 1,700 records and artists omitted from the earlier volumes for lack of space to complete Sullivan's review of over a century and a quarter of Anglo-North American pop music. But as music writer Dave Marsh explains in his foreword, what sets Sullivan apart as a music critic is not his vast knowledge of what was recorded, but his passion for seeing how the songs connect across time. Calling it the 'Smithsonian of Soul,' Marsh praises Sullivan's work for its ability to bring long-forgotten, soul-stirring songs back to life. While it is impossible to read an entry for a familiar song and not 'hear' it playing, it is equally possible to read an entry for an unfamiliar song and begin to 'hear' it playing-thanks to Sullivan's exquisite descriptions.... This heavily footnoted music guide includes an extensive, themed bibliography and separate title and subject/name indexes.... Authoritative and a joy to browse, this goldmine will be an indispensable resource in pop culture collections and college libraries supporting music departments.