The Rock Song Index is not intended to record information about every rock song ever written. No, Bruce Pollock's purpose here is to edit that unwieldy number down to the worthiest works, for a book you can use and peruse without straining your muscles or your eyes. It's a wonderfully useful list, especially for those who can never remember who sang "Along Comes Mary" or when Hank Williams did "Your Cheatin' Heart." The book is organized alphabetically by singer (with notable songs, albums, recorded labels, and songwriters), and in the back is the cross-reference that makes the volume work: there are listings by song title with the artist and year for each. The Rock Song Index is a masterful production for the rock generation as their ages wax and their memories wane.From Library Journal:
In his introduction, Pollock, editor of Gale's ongoing "Popular Music" series, writes, "Ultimately, the purpose of this book is to celebrate the lowly and often forgotten linchpin around which the whole ball of wax revolves, the song." Unfortunately, in his attempt to construct on paper one man's version of the greatest rock'n'roll jukebox, awkwardness ensues: You will look in the alphabetized artist section in vain for some performer's most identifiable hits and not find them, since the rule is that the song always gets listed under the artist who recorded it first. Hence, the Byrds' Turn, Turn, Turn gets listed under Pete Seeger, with an annotation as to who subsequently recorded it. The indexing to overcome this problem is fairly good, but mistakes do pop up: "Walk On By," attributed to both Leroy Van Dyke and Dionne Warwick, should be listed as two different songs that happen to share the same title. The artist entries provide song, year, album, record label, songwriters, and succinct and many times excellent comments by Pollock. While these make for fun reading, they will also provoke disagreement and confusion (e.g., rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson has one bizarre song entry because she recorded it first, but her classic rock raver, "Let's Have a Party," is not mentioned). Pollock has obviously given thought to what he wanted to accomplish and the criteria needed to achieve it, and the result is a work with lots of entertainment value but questionable reference use. For large popular music collections.?David M. Turkalo, Suffolk Univ. Law Sch. Lib., Boston
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