Cinema Sheet Music: A Comprehensive List of Published Film Music from Squaw Man (1914) to Batman (1989) by Don Stubblebine is a massive, 628-page hardcover listing of every film theme that has ever seen life as sheet music—over 6,200 films and 15,000 songs! The book can be ordered directly from the publisher, McFarland & Co., Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640; ph: 919-246-4460.
The Ennio Morricone Musicography. A publication of the Morricone fan club, MSV, this is a gigantic and comprehensive encyclopedia of the works of Ennio Morricone. Write to MSV for info, address is: Groenelaantje 62, 1815 VA Alkmaar, Holland.
1996 Film/TV Music Guide is a 60-page spiral-bound directory, primarily for industry use, of music publishers, studio/TV music departments, agents, music clearance companies, performance rights societies (ASCAP, BMI) and music libraries. For each company, there is an up-to-date address and phone number(s), with information on the employees, their positions, direct lines and fax numbers, even the names of their assistants. Price is $75. Send to SRS Publishing, 8491 Sunset Blvd #771, Los Angeles CA 90069-1911; ph: 213-850-8946, fax: 310-987-1602.
Film & Television Composers: An International Discography 1920-1989 by Steve Harris is an updated version of the author's 1988 book, Film, TV & Stage Music on Phonograph Records. It lists only records, providing a filmography for all the composers covered, and is 300 pages long. It can be ordered from the publisher, McFarland & Co., Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640, for $57 postpaid.
Film Composers Guide (ISBN 0-943728-57-6) from Lone Eagle Publishing (2337 Roscomare Road, Suite 9, Los Angeles, CA 90099; ph: 1-800-FILMBKS) is a massive collection of filmographies to just about every film composer who ever existed. It does not include TV/concert/short works (just film scores) or listings of albums released, but does have a film/composer cross-index. If you are serious about having a filmography to everybody at your fingertips, this is for you. A third edition is now available.
(Writing to composers: The Film Composers Guide also has an agency list, telling who has what agent, with agents being the best way to write letters to composers. If you are interested in writing someone, write for info on which agent to mail to, or I may be able to forward the letter myself.)
Gramophone Film Music Good CD Guide, ed. Mark Walker (UK ISBN 0-902470-62-0, USA ISBN 0-902470-74-0) features reviews of several hundred in-print soundtrack CDs. It should be available at retail outlets; a second edition was recently published.
The Official Price Guide to Movie/TV Soundtracks and Original Cast Albums by Jerry Osborne (House of Collectibles, 201 E 50th St, New York, NY 10022; 1991, 663 pages, illustrated, $12). This book, an updating of Osborne's 1981 price guide, was intended to be a "definitive" guide to soundtrack records, and can be a very useful one, though the prices are not to be taken seriously. It lists only LPs, no CDs.
McNally's Price Guide for Collectible Soundtracks (1950-1990) by Keith and Dorie McNally is lists only "collectable" LPs (around 2000 of them!) with many beautiful photographs of album covers. It's $29.95 from West Point Records, 24325 San Fernando Road, Newhall CA 91321, ph: 805-253-2190.
Tele Tunes 2000, ISBN-0-906655-17-X looks like an all-in-one index to film music and all its variants and associated products. It is available from Mike Preston Music. For more information, please see www.teletunes.co.uk.
The TV Theme Soundtrack Directory, by Craig W. Patillo, features a listing of over 2200 daytime and primetime programs, with names of original conductor/performer and cover version artists. It lists domestic records and CDs the music is found on, as well as various albums and awards. It is available the following ways: for $14.50, 4th class U.S. mail; for $16.00, first class U.S. mail; for $15.00, foreign surface parcel post; for $22.00, foreign air mail. Payment must be in U.S. funds, send to Braemar Books Mail Order, PO Box 25296R, Portland OR 97225.
U.S. Soundtracks on Compact Disc: The First Ten Years (1985-1994) by Robert L. Smith was co-published by Film Score Monthly and is a listing of over 1500 soundtrack CDs, with titles, composers and estimated values. It is, to date, the only soundtrack CD discography book, and also includes a Varèse Sarabande CD discography. Send $12.50 U.S., $13 Canada or $15 rest of world (U.S. funds only) to Robert L. Smith, 330 N Wyckles Road, Decatur IL 62522. Checks payable to Robert L. Smith; first class/air mail shipping included in above prices.
Voices In the Dunes - The Tangerine Dream Worldwide Discography, by Matt Hargreaves, is just what the title says. For more information, send an SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope—internationally, send an international reply coupon) to Matt Hargreaves, 17341 32nd Ave S #D-118, Seattle WA 98188.