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Finding Information About the Music Industry

Two general approaches are useful for finding materials on this topic in catalogs that use LC subject headings:

1. Search a topic. Either look for a country or culture in list of subdivisions, or use the name of the country to narrow the search by subject subdivision:

  • Music trade
  • Music publishing
  • Sound recording industry

2.  Browse the shelves.  Because books are classified--i.e., grouped with similar items on the shelves--browsing can be an effective method for finding material. Look on the shelves under the following numbers. \

  • ML 3790 -- Music trade
  • ML 3795 -- Music as a profession
  • ML 112 -- Music printing and publishing
  • TK 7881 -- Sound engineering and recording

Basic Reference Tools

  • Musical America Worldwide.  Ref ML 12 .M88 2013
  • Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-2010, 13th ed.. Ref ML 156.4 .P6 W4972 2011
  • Joel Whitburn Presents the Billboard Hot 100 Charts.  The 2000s.  Ref ML 156.4 .P6 W459
  • Entertainment Industry Contracts: Negotiating and Drafting Guide.  Ref KF 2932 .E57 2008 (vols. 5, 8, and 9)
  • Green, Jeff.  The Green Book of Songs By Subject: The Thematic Guide to Popular Music, 5th ed., expanded and updated. Ref ML 156.4 .P6 G73 2002.
  • MENC Handbook of Research on Music Learning. Ref MT 1 .M444 2011, vols. 1-2.

Online Research Tools

Subject Guide

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Gary Boye
Erneston Music Library

Appalachian State University
Subjects: Music