Rock Song Index: The 7500 Most Important Songs for the Rock and Roll Era: 1944-2000

by Bruce Pollock

Published: October 2005
Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
Pages: 704
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780415970730

       

Overview of Rock Song Index: The 7500 Most Important Songs for the Rock and Roll Era: 1944-2000

The Rock Song Index, Second Edition, is a new version of a well-received index to the classic songs of the rock canon, from the late '40s through the end of the 20th century. The study of the history of rock music has exploded over the last decade; all college music departments offer a basic rock-history course, covering the classic artists and their songs.

Synopsis of Rock Song Index: The 7500 Most Important Songs for the Rock and Roll Era: 1944-2000

This index contains 7500 songs from 1944 to 2000 that were chosen based on chart position, critical praise, cover version popularity, input from listeners, and appearances in films, listed by title. Other indexes show listings by artist and year. Entries entail artist, composer, album, label, producer, year, and sometimes a brief note. Genres consist of disco, punk, early rhythm and blues, British invasion, Motown, new wave, glam, heavy metal, rap, hip hop, and 50s rock and roll. The year index lists key musical trends, songs, and artists. The new edition has been updated to include songs up to 2000, while some have been added or omitted. Pollock is a writer and music producer. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Library Journal

This update of the 1997 edition by music producer Pollock stretches the definition of rock'n'roll as far as possible, encompassing not only the obvious genres like the 1950s rock'n'roll, Motown, and Heavy Metal but also R&B, Hip-Hop, and Rap, among many others. With fun-to-read entries on some 7500 "important" rock songs, it truly is a powerhouse of information. Take, for example, the greatest of them all (according to Rolling Stone magazine, anyway), Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone." The entry includes the artist, writer, album, label, producer, year, and a succinct paragraph boasting such adjectives as "verbose" and "incandescent" and such comments as "covered, at long last, by the Rolling Stones... but it was a letdown." Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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Library Journal

This update of the 1997 edition by music producer Pollock stretches the definition of rock'n'roll as far as possible, encompassing not only the obvious genres like the 1950s rock'n'roll, Motown, and Heavy Metal but also R&B, Hip-Hop, and Rap, among many others. With fun-to-read entries on some 7500 "important" rock songs, it truly is a powerhouse of information. Take, for example, the greatest of them all (according to Rolling Stone magazine, anyway), Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone." The entry includes the artist, writer, album, label, producer, year, and a succinct paragraph boasting such adjectives as "verbose" and "incandescent" and such comments as "covered, at long last, by the Rolling Stones... but it was a letdown." Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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