The Encyclopedia of Musicians and Bands on Film
Rowman & Littlefield, Oct 7, 2016 - Performing Arts - 486 pages
Musicians, both fictional and real, have long been subjects of cinema. From biopics of composers Beethoven and Mozart to the rise (and often fall) of imaginary bands in The Commitments and Almost Famous, music of all types has inspired hundreds of films. The Encyclopedia of Musicians and Bands on Film features the most significant productions from around the world, including straightforward biographies, rockumentaries, and even the occasional mockumentary. The wide-ranging scope of this volume allows for the inclusion of films about fictional singers and bands, with emphasis on a variety of themes: songwriter–band relationships, the rise and fall of a career, music saving the day, the promoter’s point of view, band competitions, the traveling band, and rock-based absurdity.
Among the films discussed in this book are Amadeus, The Blues Brothers, The Buddy Holly Story, The Commitments, Dreamgirls, The Glenn Miller Story, A Hard Day’s Night, I’m Not There, Jailhouse Rock, A Mighty Wind, Ray, ’Round Midnight, The Runaways, School of Rock, That Thing You Do!, and Walk the Line. With entries that span the decades and highlight a variety of music genres, The Encyclopedia of Musicians and Bands on Film is a valuable resource for moviegoers and music lovers alike, as well as scholars of both film and music.
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WHOS WHO AMONG DIRECTORS AND THEIR FILMS
MUSICIANSCOMPOSERS IN BIOPICS AND FILMS WITH BIOPIC ELEMENTS
FILMS THAT EMPHASIZE CLASSICAL CONCERT AND TRADITIONAL MUSIC MUSICIANS OR COMPOSERS
FILMS THAT EMPHASIZE ROCK MUSIC
FILMS THAT EMPHASIZE BLUES JAZZ OR RAGTIME MUSIC MUSICIANS AND BANDS
FILMS ABOUT MUSICIANS OR BANDS THAT FEATURE MUSICAL NUMBERS OR POPULAR STANDARDS
MADEFORTELEVISION FILMS ABOUT MUSICIANS AND BANDS
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
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