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Sound and Vision: 60 Years of Motion Picture Soundtracks Paperback – May 15, 2000


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications; First Edition edition (May 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823084272
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823084272
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #340,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 20, 2001
Format: Paperback
In Sound And Vision: 60 Years Of Motion Picture Soundtracks, Jon Burlingame has created an indispensable, seminal, very highly recommended reference guide featuring a detailed history of Hollywood film music on record and compact disc. Also included are up-to-date biographical sketches of soundtrack composers from the inception of the movies down to the present day. Annotated listings of the best-selling, award-winning, or otherwise memorable soundtracks of the past and present (original film scores as well as movie musicals and song-compilation scores) further enhance this marvelous compendium. Of special note is the "user friendly" and comprehensive index so that the reader can quickly reference whether a particular piece of movie music is commercially available.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 16, 2000
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Comprehensive and fastidiously researched, "Sound and Vision" towers over the competition. Written by Jon Burlingame, perhaps the most widely read and internationally respected writer in the field today, this book should be in the library of every film music buff. Unlike other books which contain reviews cobbled together from various non-professionals, this book was entirely written with a single knowledgeable voice. The comprehensive index of commerically available titles alone is worth the price of the book. When combined with rare photographs and a well written and perceptive history of music in films, this book becomes indispensible to both the casual and veteran fan of music in film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 17, 2000
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Finally bought a copy of Jon Burlingame's excellent reference work SOUND AND VISION, 60 years of Motion Picture soundtracks. This is a must have. I have been collecting film music since the early sixties and to have all this information between two covers is marvelous. The detail, the wealth of information and more importantly, the accuracy is astonishing. (I missed some real gems in my buying history!) This book is certainly authoritative, and at 244 pages crammed full of detail, it is a bargain. Highly recommended.... John
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Although clearly a labour of love by the author, this is also an entirely professionally written and produced book. Perhaps wisely, it doesn't set out to be a comprehensive, definitive guide to film music composers and their recordings - this would have been impractical both in terms of the writing and the eventual weight of the tome! But what Jon Burlingame has done is to include a mini-biography of just about every important film music composer there has been up to the present day, plus a selection of what he considers to be their best works. This provides both an invaluable reference guide not only to composers but also an interesting debating point as to which of their scores should have been included.
It was pleasing to see a large number of photos of the composers and some record sleeve reproductions. Many potential readers will doubtless be familiar with the likes of John Williams, John Barry, Henry Mancini and Elmer Bernstein, but they'll also get the opportunity to see some 'golden age' composers, like Miklos Rozsa, Alfred Newman, Dimitri Tiomkin and Franz Waxman, as well as relatively unsung heroes such as John Scott, Christopher Young and Rachel Portman, and those more associated with classical music, such as Ralph Vaughan Williams, Sergei Prokofiev and Dmitri Shostakovich.
The author's enthusiasm for the subject is very apparent and no stone has been left unturned in order to ensure this book becomes an essential purchase for all lovers of film music. An excellent effort, which is thoroughly recommended, not just to film music aficionados, but also to anybody with an interest in the cinema.
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