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Lights, Camera, Soundtracks: The Ultimate Guide to Popular Music in the Movies Paperback – September 18, 2008

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"A killer tome... this one can be safely filed under 'unbelievable'." Fred Dellar, NME "There isn't a better guide on the market" Guardian "An essential for music obsessives everywhere." Mojo "Insanely meticulous" Independent "A music fan's Bible." Daily Record"

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MARTIN C. STRONG has been researching and compiling discographies for around 25 years, among them The Great Metal Discography, The Great Alternative and Indie Discography, The Great Psychedelic Discography and, of course, The Great Rock Discography. He lives in Falkirk, Scotland.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 896 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd (September 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847670032
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847670038
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,668,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mark Barry TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 18, 2015
Format: Paperback
The key thing to note about Martin Strong's Movie-Music tome (yet another truly amazing body of work) is to 'not see' the word SOUNDTRACKS emblazoned in the centre of it's 10" x 8" cover. What you need to focus on is the subtitle below - "The Ultimate Guide To Popular Music In The Movies". This needs some explaining...

This 2008 large-sized paperback publication on Canongate (UK) does not give you endless discographies on every Soundtrack ever released (what book could) - but instead largely deals with 'music within movies' and the artists who contributed to those scores (an impressive 900 + Pages). This can be confusing. In a book with the word SOUNDTRACKS at its very centre - fans will be astonished when they go to the Index at the rear to 'not find' names forever associated with Film Music like John Barry, Roy Budd, Bernard Herrmann, Maurice Jarre, Ennio Morricone, Lalo Schifrin, Thomas Newman, Alan Silvestri, John Williams and Gabriel Yared - but instead find references to T-Bone Burnett, Willie Hutch, Daniel Lanois, Penguin Café Orchestra, The Ramones and Neil Young.

So what do you get? Like his two Folk Music Volumes (see reviews) - Strong has chosen to break his monster work into three separate sections:

1. Rock Movies/Musicals and Pop Fiction - Pages 1 to 420
2. Rockumentaries and Performance Movies - Pages 421 to 594
3. Pop/Rock Scores and Blaxploitation - Pages 595 to 906
4. Index - Page 907

Inside each of the 1500+ entries you get details like year of release, film-company, director, stars, music soundtrack catalogue numbers and tracks, vinyl spin-ofs - and a properly great appraisal of the movie and the music contained within.
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