Compilation Soundtracks

Next week we close out our brief history of Hollywood film music. Inevitably, this forces us to confront the practice of pop compilation soundtracks. Here is a link to this week’s additional reading from Anahid Kassabian’s Hearing Film (Routledge, 2000). While Kassabian uses pop songs to understand women-centric films of the late ’80s and early ’90s, other collections and monographs consider the proliferation of pop compilation soundtracks within the contexts of nostalgia and the (then) booming record industry. Consider that this practice grew into fruition alongside a revival of “classic” scoring practices for summer blockbusters…

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