From School Library Journal
Grade 9 Up-A set comprised of volumes entitled Blues
; Rhythm & Blues, Rap, and Hip-Hop
; and Rock and Roll
and a comprehensive index. The surprising inclusion of a volume on classical music is explained in the preface, which defines popular music as any music that attracts a reasonably large audience. This is also the likely explanation for the numerous British and Irish performers found in Folk
. In addition to articles on musicians and instruments, entries on songs, organizations and publications, important recordings, record companies, performance venues, and social/political issues are included. Many of the profiles on individuals deal only with their careers during the height of their popularity and ignore or dismiss their later accomplishments; some are not up-to-date. Occasional entries (Banjo, five-string, Mandolin) appear in more than one volume with slight variations. Black-and-white portraits are found throughout the set. The index is particularly helpful. Each volume concludes with a series of appendixes: a chronology; an annotated list of selected recordings or recommended listening; a list of suggested DVDs and videos; a glossary; and more. This set will be useful as a starting point for research, but libraries owning H. Wiley Hitchcock and Stanley Sadie-s The New Grove Dictionary of American Music
(Oxford Univ., 1986), Theodore Baker-s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians
(Best Bks., 2001), or Colin Larkin-s The Encyclopedia of Popular Music
(Groves Dictionaries of Music, 1998) will not find it a necessary addition.-Ginny Gustin, Sonoma County Library System, Santa Rosa, CA
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About the Author
Richard Carlin is the author of several books on music, including Southern Exposure, The Big Book of Country Music, Classical Music: An Informal Guide, and the five-volume Worlds of Music. He has also served as Advisory Editor on Country Music for the American National Biography. He lives in New Jersey. Ronald D. Cohen, Ph.D., professor emeritus of history at Indiana University Northwest, has written extensively on the folk music revival.
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