Lights, Camera, Soundtracks: The Ultimate Guide to Popular Music in the Movies

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Spanning over five decades of history, Lights, Camera, Soundtracks surveys more than two thousand rock-and-roll movies, musicals, and performance films. Identifying the top guns involved in each film and the factors underlying each movie and film score’s success, Martin Strong provides an authoritative, complete, and critical review of each film and accompanying soundtrack, along with:

·A brief history of each movie and soundtrack
·A list of the actors, directors, and musicians involved
·A film synopsis Key facts and background information
·Movie and soundtrack ratings
·Track lists

From pop and rock musicals, like the classic Elvis Presley vehicle Jailhouse Rock, Moulin Rouge, and Shrek!, to performance films and documentaries like I>Woodstock and Almost Famous, Strong includes all forms of rock and popular music.

In addition, Strong lists the top thirty pulp-fiction films whose soundtracks massively impacted their success, such as Trainspotting, Reservoir Dogs, and The Full Monty, with a special mention of the rock and pop luminaries who have written film scores, like Peter Gabriel, Nick Cave, and Ry Cooder.

Lights, Camera, Soundtracks is the ultimate, indispensable compendium for film and music aficionados alike.

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About the Author:

MARTIN C. STRONG has been researching and compiling discographies for around 25 years, among them The Great Metal Discography, The Great Alternative and Indie Discography, The Great Psychedelic Discography and, of course, The Great Rock Discography and The Essential Rock Discography. He is currently working on the second installment of Lights, Camera, Soundtracks which focuses on classical soundtracks and film scores. He lives in Falkirk, Scotland. BRENDON GRIFFIN has worked sporadically on the Great Rock Discography series since the late 90's. His work has also appeared in Songlines and Record Collector, and he's a regular contributor to HMV Choice. When not fielding exacting calls from Martin, he's often wandering abroad for Rough Guides, contributing to the West Africa, Central America, Bolivia, Spain and Portugal titles, and writing Spain: 25 Ultimate Experiences. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife Erika

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Strong is rock's Leslie Halliwell. * * Scotland On Sunday * * An extraordinary work of scholarship. * * John Peel on The Great Rock Discography * * The last word in rock 'n' roll trainspotting, there isn't a better guide on the market. * * Guardian on The Great Rock Discography * * It's a killer tome...this one can be filed safely under 'unbelievable'. * * NME on The Great Rock Discography * * A surprisingly interesting book to flick through...a treasure trove of information. * * DVD Monthly * *

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