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Title:
The Green book of songs by subject : the thematic guide to popular music
Author:
Green, Jeff.
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Edition:
Fifth edition, updated and expanded.
Publication Information:
Nashville, Tenn. : Professional Desk References, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
xxi, 1569 ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780939735204
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

If you have ever need to find a song about a particular subject instantly, this is the ultimate reference book. The author has researched over 35000 pop songs spanning 100 years of music and categorised them by nearly 1800 themes. Over 1500 pages and 8600 listings in all.


Author Notes

Author and publisher Jeff Green is Executive Editor for trade publication Radio & Records. His 24-year music industry career includes executive roles with the Country Music Association, as well as earlier editorial management posts at R&R in Los Angeles and Music & Media in Amsterdam. Green has also worked in radio, records and television marketing


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Looking for a song about rain or friendship or feeling sad? How about parakeets or Popsicles? This new edition classifies more than 35,000 songs under almost 1,800 themes, from Advice to Young. Selections focus on singles and album tracks from U.S. record companies, and all categories of popular music are represented, including TV themes, advertising jingles, and children's songs. The index offers additional access points. RBB.


Library Journal Review

This updated and expanded edition of the 1982 original includes 700 new songs and 200 new categories. Green presents song titles and artists by keywords in the titles and by several categories including names, places, etc. Pricey, but useful. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Choice Review

Green offers a pleasurable, unique subject list of 21,000 songs of the 20th century. Songs of all varieties (children's, jazz, alternative, instrumental, to name a few) are organized by more than 800 subjects and subcategories (e.g., "Do the Funky Penquin" is listed under "Birds"). Each song entry lists artist(s), album(s), and a record label code. Some categories include subcategories ("Anatomy: Lips") and see also references to other subject headings ("Heaven" see also "Angels, Death, God, Happiness, Hell"). Following the subject category section of the book is a list of record label codes and an index by subject, which provides see references not found in the main body of the book (e.g., "Cheating see Lies"). Considering the unavoidable subjectivity of such an endeavor, placement of songs within categories is impressive and appropriate. Since Green intends to provide thematic access to songs, a song title index is not included. Although primarily created for people in audio production and programming, this book can be useful to a wide range of readers. Recommended for special music collections and larger public and academic libraries. L. A. Sullivan Northern Kentucky University


Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Author's Notes
What Is The Green Book?p. xv
How To Use The Green Bookp. xv
How The Subject Categories And Song Classifications Workp. xvi
How Songs And Recordings Were Selectedp. xix
How The Lyrics Have Been Interpretedp. xix
Availability of Songs And Format Configurationsp. xx
Legendp. xxi
Songs Categorized By Subjectp. 1
Index By Subjectp. 1513