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Reference books on popular music available at the British Library

The reference books listed here are a representative sample of material available on the open shelves of the Rare Books & Music Reading Room. A further collection of reference books on this subject is available in the Humanities Reading Room - floor 2.

Benjamin, Ruth & Rosenblatt, ArthurMovie song catalog: performers and supporting crew for the songs sung in 1460 musical and non-musical films, 1928-1988 (Jefferson, London, 1993).
Cohen-Stratyner, Barbara N.Popular music 1900-1919: an annotated guide to American popular songs (Detroit, 1988).
Cowden, Robert H.Popular singers of the twentieth century : a bibliography of biographical materials (Westport, Conn., 1999).
Hardy, P. & Laing, D.Encyclopedia of rock (London 1987).
Hart, M. L. & Eagles, B. M.The Blues: a bibliographic guide (New York, London, 1989).
Iwaschkin, RomanPopular music: a reference guide (New York, London, 1986).
Jacobs, DickWho wrote that song? (White Hall, Va., 1988).
Kilgarriff, MichaelSing us one of the old songs: a guide to popular song 1860-1920 (Oxford, 1998).
Kinkle, Roger D.The complete encyclopedia of popular music and jazz, 1900-1950 (New Rochelle, 1974). 4 vols.
Larkin, Colin (ed.)The Guinness encyclopedia of popular music (Enfield, 1992). 4 vols.
Lax, Roger & Smith, FrederickThe great song thesaurus (2nd ed., New York, Oxford, 1989). 
Lowe, LeslieDirectory of popular music 1900-1980 (2nd ed., Droitwich, 1986).
Pollock, Bruce (ed.)Popular music: an annotated guide to American popular songs. Vol. 9- . (Detroit, 1986- ).
Shapiro, N. & Pollock, B.Popular music, 1920-1979: an annotated index of over 18,000 American popular songs (Detroit, 1985). 3 vols.
Stubblebine, D. J.Cinema sheet music: a comprehensive listing of published film music from Squaw Man (1914) to Batman (1989) (Jefferson, 1991).
Taylor, PaulPopular music since 1955: a critical guide to the literature (London, 1985).
Warner, AlanWho sang what in rock 'n' roll (London, 1990).


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