Canongate U.S.
Canongate U.S.
Canongate U.S.

Lights, Camera, Soundtracks

The Ultimate Guide to Popular Music in the Movies

by Martin C. Strong

“A stunning tome . . . 10 out of 10 for reference.” —MOJO

  • Imprint Canongate U.S.
  • Page Count 902
  • Publication Date October 21, 2008
  • ISBN-13 978-1-8476-7021-2
  • Dimensions 6" x 9"
  • US List Price $29.95

About The Book

Spanning over five decades of history, Lights, Camera, Soundtracks surveys more than two thousand rock-and-roll movies, musicals, and performance films. Identifying the top guns involved in each film and the factors underlying each movie and film score’s success, Martin Strong provides an authoritative, complete, and critical review of each film and accompanying soundtrack, along with:

A brief history of each movie and soundtrack
A list of the actors, directors, and musicians involved
A film synopsis Key facts and background information
Movie and soundtrack ratings
Track lists

From pop and rock musicals, like the classic Elvis Presley vehicle Jailhouse Rock, Moulin Rouge, and Shrek!, to performance films and documentaries like Woodstock and Almost Famous, Strong includes all forms of rock and popular music.

In addition, Strong lists the top thirty pulp-fiction films whose soundtracks massively impacted their success, such as Trainspotting, Reservoir Dogs, and The Full Monty, with a special mention of the rock and pop luminaries who have written film scores, like Peter Gabriel, Nick Cave, and Ry Cooder.

Lights, Camera, Soundtracks is the ultimate, indispensable compendium for film and music aficionados alike.


“A stunning tome . . . 10 out of 10 for reference.” —MOJO

Praise for The Great Rock Discography:

“The last word in rock ‘n’ roll trainspotting, there isn’t a better guide on the market.” —The Guardian