Merry Christmas, baby : holiday music from Bing to Sting

by Marsh, Dave.

Format: Print Book 1993
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction ML3470 .M355 1993
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  ML3470 .M355 1993
A guide to Christmas records which features information on the artists and their recordings, trivia, and lists. It covers everything from novelty and charity records to soul, rock, jazz and the 1940s, Phil Spector's wall of sound and a Christmas song for every day of the year.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "If the sounds of Christmas mean "Jingle Bell Rock" or "Blue Christmas" to you rather than "Silent Night," this celebration of the season's secular songs should be under your tree this year. Although Christmas records date back to the dawn of recorded sound (a barbershop-style "Jingle Bells" waxed in 1902), the success of Bing Crosby's 1942 "White Christmas" (for many years the largest-selling record of any kind) set the standard secular Christmas song themes of home and nostalgia and revealed the huge audience for holiday music. Marsh and Propes thoroughly survey the extensive body of recorded Christmas pop music, from mainstream hits such as Nat King Cole's "Christmas Song" through efforts from such unlikely spreaders of holiday cheer as Spike Jones, Jimi Hendrix, and Madonna, right up to recent all-star charity releases such as "Do They Know It's Christmas." They also offer 10-best lists of songs from different pop sub~genres (doowop, rhythm-and-blues, novelty), and dozens of color record jackets. Most of these records may not be exactly timeless, but more of them are reissued every year, it seems, so this little volume may become as much a Christmas standard in libraries as any song it extols. ~--Gordon Flagg"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Christmas music -- History and criticism.
Popular music -- History and criticism.
Publisher Boston :Little, Brown,1993
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Propes, Steve.
Language English
Description 101 pages : color illustrations ; 17 x 24 cm
ISBN 0316547336 :
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