Popular Singers Of The Twentieth Century

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Overview

This guide to the biographical literature available on popular 20th-century singers covers nearly 1000 artists. Much of the literature cited is also cross-referenced to major biographical dictionaries, encyclopedias, and relevant periodicals. Entries not only list known publications associated with popular singers but also incorporate elements of analytical and descriptive bibliography. The artists included in this volume increasingly cross musical boundaries. The popular singer category, therefore, encompasses Broadway, Hollywood, cabaret, and operetta performers as well as recording artists.

Scholars of popular music and popular music enthusiasts will appreciate the extensive research this work embodies. Divided among three sections, citations are arranged alphabetically and include information about literature published through 1997. An appendix of additional artists and an index complete the volume.

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Cowden (music, San Jose State U., California) cites all the known autobiographies and biographies of the 971 he lists, and cross- references to major biographical dictionaries, encyclopedias, and relevant periodicals. He also includes considerable information about the works as physical objects. The first section contains books on several singers or in which several singers are discussed; the second contains related books; the third and by far largest lists works by the singer's name and includes nationality, genre, birth date and place, death date and place if relevant, and other names if any as well of course as the citations, which include references to works in the first two sections. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313293337
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/30/1999
  • Series: Music Reference Collection Series
  • Pages: 516
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

ROBERT H. COWDEN is founding Chair of the Music Program for the California State Summer School for the Arts and Professor of Music at San Jose State University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Bibliographical Abbreviations

Books on Singers

Related Books

Individual Singers, A-Z

Appendix

Index

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