- Paperback: 730 pages
- Publisher: Professional Desk References Inc; 4th Up&Exp edition (February 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0939735040
- ISBN-13: 978-0939735044
- Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 6.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
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The Green Book of Songs by Subject: The Thematic Guide to Popular Music Paperback – February, 1995
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This updated and expanded edition of the 1982 original includes 700 new songs and 200 new categories. Green presents song titles and artists by keywords in the titles and by several categories including names, places, etc. Pricey, but useful.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
" You know that song. The one about . . . It goes like . . ." Questions like this frustrate library patrons and staff. One solution is The Green Book, which indexes 21,000 twentieth-century songs by assigning one or more of 800 subject headings, based on keywords in the title or the subject of the song. Most songs are from the 1950s on. Johnny Cash's "Boy Named Sue" is found, for example, under Fight and Men's Names. The subjects vary widely from UFOs to Colors, Drugs, Marriage, Police, and States. Songs under the subject Door, for example, include "Crazy Little Mamma," "Let My Love Open the Door," "My Baby Done Changed the Lock," and "One Less Bell to Answer," among 81 songs. Love is not a subject, but there are pages of songs under Sex. See references lead from one subject heading to another. Song titles are listed alphabetically under a subject. For each song, performer, album, and label are given to help track recordings. Most are albums and are in print; a few 45s are included. The book closes with a list translating the abbreviations used for record labels and an index to subjects used.