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    Sections in this category: General Resources | Encyclopedias

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    American Song: the Complete Companion to Tin Pan Alley Song
    By Ken Bloom. Allen Library Reference [REF ML128 S6 B56 1996-2001 v.3-4]
    A list of songs that came out of Tin Pan Alley, organized chronologically by composer. Check Status

    American Song: the Complete Musical Theatre Companion
    By Ken Bloom. Allen Library Reference [REF ML128 S6 B56 1996 v.1-2]
    An index to over 4,800 American musicals, including brief information about each musical, including a list of songs. The song index in volume 2 allows you to determine what musical a song is from. Check Status

    And the Beat Goes On: an Introduction to Popular Music in America 1840 to Today
    By Michael Campbell. Allen Library Stacks and A/V [ML3477 C36 A5 & MD ML3477 C36 A5] Check Status

    Cambridge Companion to Pop and Rock
    Edited by Simon Frith, Will Straw, and John Street. Allen Library Stacks [ML3470 C36 F75] Check Status

    The Complete Encyclopedia of Popular Music and Jazz, 1900 -1950
    By Roger D. Kinkle. Allen Library Reference [REF ML102 P8 K v. 1 - 4] Check Status

    Encyclopedia of Popular Music
    Edited by Colin Larkin. Allen Library Reference [REF ML102 P8 G84 1998 v.1-8] Check Status

    The Faber Companion to 20th Century Popular Music
    Varied entries covering everything from bebop to western swing by way of psychedelic rock.

    Folk and Blues: the Encyclopedia.
    By Irwin Stambler and Lyndon Stambler. Allen Library Stacks [ML102 F65 S82] Check Status

    A Guide to Popular Music Reference Books: An Annotated Bibliography
    By Gary Haggerty. Allen Library Reference [REF ML128 P67 H34] Check Status

    International Who's Who in Music, Vol. 2: Popular Music
    By Cara Bootman and Tamsin Parrott. Allen Library Reference [REF ML105 W62 P 2000] Check Status

    Lissauer's Encyclopedia of Popular Music in America: 1888 to the Present
    By Robert Lissauer. Allen Library Reference [REF ML128 P67 L5] Check Status

    The Literature of Rock. 4 vols.
    By Frank W. Hoffmann and B. Lee Cooper. Allen Library Reference [REF ML128 R6 H] Check Status

    The New Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll
    Edited by Patricia Romanowski and Holly George -Warren. Allen Library Reference [ML102 R68 R64] Check Status

    Popular Music: An Annotated Guide [1900 -1989]. 5 vols.
    Edited by Nat Shapiro, Bruce Pollock, and Barbara Cohen -Stratyner. Allen Library Reference [REF ML120 U5 P6/P61/P62] Check Status

    Popular Musics of the Non -Western World
    By Peter Manuel. Allen Library Stacks [ML3470 M36 P6] Check Status

    Rap Whoz Who
    By Steven Stancell. Allen Library Reference [REF ML3531 S83 R3] Check Status

    The Rock Who's Who
    By Brock Helander. Allen Library Reference [REF ML102 R68 H44] Check Status

    The Sex Revolts: Gender, Rebellion, and Rock 'n' Roll
    By Simon Reynolds and Joy Press. Allen Library Stacks [ML82 R49 S] Check Status

    She's a Rebel: The History of Women in Rock and Roll
    By Gillian G. Gaar. Allen Library Stacks [ML394 G28 S] Check Status

    SongCite: An Index to Popular Songs
    By William D. Goodfellow. Allen Library Reference [REF ML128 P67 G65] Check Status


    Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World: Media, Industry and Society
    Contains many entries on social phenomena of relevance to the practise of popular music.

    Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World: Performance and Production
    Contains entries on types of performing groups and individuals as well as on a wide variety of performance techniques.

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    Below are call number ranges for areas within this topic. Use these call numbers to browse the library shelves when you have a general idea of what you want, but don't have a specific item in mind.

    [REF] ML102 P8

    [REF] ML156.4 P

    [REF] ML156.4 R


    MD1630 & MR1630
    CDs & LPs

    Music for movies

    Songs - United States

    ML3469 - ML3541
    History and criticism

    Music business

    Lyric writing

    Song Indexes - [REF] ML128 S6 (Allen Library)
    Song indexes

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    Sheet Music Search
    Search the catalog of sheet music held at the Allen Library.

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    Search below titles here to find complete library holdings.
    Journal Title:

    ASCAP Playback


    Black Grooves

    Electronic Musician

    Journal of Popular Culture


    Popular Music

    Rolling Stone
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    Sing Out!


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    Use these subject headings to search by general topic in our Library catalog. Copy the subject heading into the search box and use the drop down menu to search by "Subject". There are many more possible subjects than what we have listed here, but these should get you started.

    Fakebooks music

    Motion picture music

    Music and society

    Music trade

    Popular culture

    Popular music

    Rap music

    Rock music

    Rock videos

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    All Music Guide
    Comprehensive music reference source. Covers all genres and styles of music from opera to garage rock to traditional country and has critiques of albums and artists.

    BMG is an international music publishing company. This site contains news, tour information, and audio and video clips.

    BMI is one of the two largest performing rights organizations in the US. This website provides information and resources dealing with performing rights and licensing fees.

    Center for Popular Music
    The Center's searchable research library and archive includes sheet music, posters, playbills, trade catalogs, periodicals, etc. representing American vernacular music and culture.

    Donald Clarke's Music Box
    Online indexed encyclopedia with nearly 4,000 entries for performers, songwriters, producers, and record labels.

    News about the Grammy Foundation, the Recording Academy, and the general music industry.

    Hip Hop Bibliography and Webliography
    This site includes ezines, reference materials, and other internet resources.

    Lyrics World
    Index to songs found in "Top 40 Hits of 1930-1999", "#1 Songs of 1930-1999", "Top Singles by Decade" and "Artist Collections", etc.

    Music Charts from Around the World
    A list of links to popular music single and album charts for many countries.

    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
    Site for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame offers information on tours, exhibits, and events, and has searchable Alphabetic and Category Indexes.

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