Ron Givens
May 10, 1991 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Oxford Companion to Popular Music

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Peter Gammond
publisher
Oxford
genre
Nonfiction, Music

We gave it an A-

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-

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