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

Physical Description:
xxi, 1569 ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
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ML156.4.P6 G73 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Reference material
ML156.4.P6 G73 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Grosvenor Room-Reference-Music
ML156.4.P6 G73 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Reference material
ML156.4.P6 G73 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Reference material

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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

With over 35,000 songs classified in almost 1800 logical categories, this is an important reference tool for songwriters, disc jockeys, production companies, researchers, and trivia buffs. Since the fourth edition (1995), more than 14,000 songs and 905 categories and subcategories have been added, as has an effective subject index with cross references. Green, executive editor of the trade publication Radio & Records, comes about as close as possible to being exhaustive, offering both well-known and relatively obscure songs that range from jazz and popular standards to rap and television jingles. He also supplies discographical information about currently available recordings of songs. Although the omission of Chicago's mid-1970s hits "Old Days" and "Harry Truman" from the categories of "Remember" and "Presidents," respectively, shows that the book is not entirely comprehensive, it is still an impressive feat. Green began developing the book in 1977, so this edition marks its 25th anniversary. While most useful to disc jockeys and those in advertising, this unique work will most certainly find users in public and academic libraries. Highly recommended. James E. Perone, Mount Union Coll., Alliance, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Green (ed., R & R [Radio and Records], 1994- ) has published four previous editions (1982-95; 4th ed., CH, Jun'95) of this classic reference tool. He lists 14,000 new songs (35,000 individual songs in 86,000 listings) from US-based record companies, doubling the number of subject categories to nearly 1,800. The subject index adds keyword cross-references (e.g., "CIA, see Police"); cross-references abound in the main section as well. Coverage is impressively current (e.g., songs from The Concert for New York City are included). Selections are drawn from over 24,000 albums on 1,500 labels (with selected 45s, 78s, cassettes, and vinyl) and include 9,100 artists' works. Besides popular music, coverage includes, e.g., television themes, college fight songs, advertising jingles. Although a song index would make the book even bigger, it would be worthwhile. Green far surpasses B. Lee Cooper's A Resource Guide to Themes in Contemporary American Song Lyrics, 1950-85 (CH, Sep'86) and Bob Macken's The Rock Music Source Book (CH, May'81) in scope and supersedes Anthony Stecheson and Anne Stecheson's The Stecheson Classified Song Dictionary (1961; suppl., 1978). All music collections need this edition, even those with the fourth, for its greater coverage and currency. R. A. Aken University of Kentucky

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