The Penguin Encyclopedia of Popular Music

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Donald Clarke
Penguin Books, 1990 - Popular music - 1378 pages
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With nearly 3,000 entries that span the entire field of non-classical music this century, The Penguin Encyclopedia of Popular Music is the most comprehensive one-volume guide available. It covers a truly spectacular array of artists from the early blues (Bill Broonzy, Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith) and ragtime (Scott Joplin, Eubie Blake) to the golden age of Broadway musicals, the great swing bands of the 1930s, jazz (whether it comes from New Orleans or Moscow), American country, English folk, rock and roll, gospel, reggae, soul, funk, punk, cabaret and African and Latin American music. There are entries on performers, songwriters, musicians, producers and record labels, fully cross-referenced, with lists of albums and recommended further reading.--Page 2 of cover.

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There has long been a need for a comprehensive reference tool for popular music, no matter what one means by "popular.'' This encyclopedia fills the void nicely, offering basic information on rock ... Read full review


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Donald Clarke is the author of Wishing on the Moon: The Life and Times of Billie Holiday (Penguin), The Rise and Fall of Popular Music, and All or Nothing at All: A Life of Frank Sinatra. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, he lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and son.

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