An unparalleled reference source in its field, this book offers a consumer guide to movie soundtracks, plus a rich history of composed film scores, movie musicals, and song-compilation scores created for motion pictures over five decades.
In addition to the engrossing historical text are biographical sketches of the many composers who have written film music, followed by a discussion of the best work of each and its availability on long-playing records or compact discs.
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Jon Burlingame, whose writings include previous books and many articles for Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, The Washington Post, and other publications, teaches film music history at the University of Southern California, and participates in international conferences on the subject. He lives in Los Angeles.
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