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A Resource Guide to Themes in Contemporary American Song Lyrics, 1950-1985 Hardcover – April 22, 1986
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?Cooper's Resource Guide appears at first glance to be a topical guide to more than 3,000 popular songs on recordings issued over thirty-five years of the recent past. But its intent is 'not to create a comprehensive 1950-1985 song compilation.' Rather, it is a sociologocal study, 'designed to stimulate further thought and to provide factual material for future examination of lyrics as pieces of oral history.' It assumes that the lyrics of American popular music 'accurately reflect the conflicting social, political, and personal concerns of individuals and groups within that society.' . . . Cooper provides each section with an intelligent introduction, following which he lists songs in various categories. . . . This provocative book will have an appeal beyond that of music collections.?-Cum Notis Varcorum
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