Wednesday, April 15, 2009

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From author Kristopher Spencer, founder of — your online guide to groovy soundtracks of the '50s, '60s, '70s and beyond — comes ...

Film and Television Scores, 1950-1979: A Critical Survey by Genre
(McFarland, 2008)

"A fascinating look at the evolving world of film music." —

Available on, Barnes & Noble, MovieGrooves, McFarland, and other online retailers.
Hollywood film scores underwent a supersonic transformation from the 1950s through the 1970s. This genre-by-genre overview of film and television soundtrack music covers a period of tremendous artistic and commercial development in the medium. Film and television composers bypassed the classical tradition favored by earlier screen composers to experiment with jazz, rock, funk and avant-garde styles. This bold approach brought a rich variety to film and television productions that often took on a life of its own through records and CDs. From Bernard Herrmann to Ennio Morricone, the composers of the "Silver Age" changed the way movie music was made, used, and heard. The book contains more than 100 promotional film stills and soundtrack cover art images.

Chapters include: "Crime Jazz and Felonious Funk," "Spy Symphonies," "Sexploitation Serenade," "Staccato Six-Guns," "Sci-Fidelity and the Superhero Spectrum," "A Fearful Earful," and "Rockin' Revolution." Plus, the epilogue looks at the influence of soundtracks on contemporary musicians inside and outside the movie business, including David Holmes, Barry Adamson, Portishead, The Herbaliser and beyond.

"Kristopher Spencer’s Film and Television Scores, 1950-1979: A Critical Survey by Genre takes an unusual but highly accessible approach in its examination of music for movies... It is a winning and very readable volume… and valuable to any serious study of movie music."
— Randall Larson, columnist on and author of Musique Fantastique: A Survey of Film Music from the Fantastic Cinema and Music From the House of Hammer

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