From Library Journal
A serviceable reference work to the most notable motion picture soundtrack composers, this guide is divided into three parts: a history of movie soundtracks, an overview of major composers, and a list of important scores currently available, including reissues. Journalist Burlingame (Variety, the Hollywood Reporter, and the Washington Post) has written an informative history, particularly for the novice fan. The composer entries, comprising the bulk of the book, are alphabetically listed and include pertinent biographical information and capsulated synopses of their soundtrack credits. Thanks to the thorough composer/songwriter and film indexes and the substantial bibliography, this is a functional introduction to soundtrack history and its key players. However, libraries needing one comprehensive reference on the topic are directed to MusicHound Soundtracks: The Essential Album Guide to Film, Television, and Stage Music (LJ 4/15/00).DDavid M. Turkalo, Suffolk Univ. Law Sch. Lib., Boston
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About the Author
Jon Burlingame, whose writings include previous books and many articles for Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, The Washington Post, and other publications, teaches film music history at the University of Southern California, and participates in international conferences on the subject. He lives in Los Angeles.