The Oxford Companion to Popular Music

One person’s popular music is another person’s junk. Peter Gammond may not declare his tastes quite this strongly in this music reference book, but it isn’t hard to read between the entries. Of course, he includes the major names — from Bing Crosby to Crosby, Stills & Nash — but his biases show up in the less obvious musicians included. Gammond’s Companion evinces his fascination with theatrical music of the near and distant past by extensive sections on people like Austrian singer-actress Lotte Lenya, This book will serve the general reader well, but those with traditional (that is, square) or hip (that is, rowdy) ears should choose accordingly. A-

The Oxford Companion to Popular Music
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