New Entertainment Resources at Lane Library

By Stan Olson, Head of Reference Services, Lane Memorial Library, Hampton

What was the number one song when you graduated from high school? How much would that record be worth today? Who were your favorite film and TV stars, and what have they done lately? Some new reference books at Lane Memorial Library have the answers.

First, “Billboard Top 1000 Singles, 1955-2000” lists America’s best-known recorded songs, based on sales and radio airplay, for the past four-and-a-half-decades. Songs can be looked up by title, artist, or year.

The “Official Price Guide to Records 2001” gathers information from record collectors and dealers to provide the current values of over one million records. Entries are arranged by the artist’s name, and include prices for singles and albums. If you happen to have a copy of “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan,” for example, it could be worth $50- $100. “The Platters” by the Platters would fetch $800-$1,200. But here is a warning: all prices are for records in near-perfect condition only.

Known as the most up-to-date of the major film guides, “Variety Movie Guide” contains 8,600 reviews selected from “Variety” – a publication that has covered Hollywood for 94 years. The book also lists running times, casts and credits, years of release, Academy Award nominations, and availability on videotape or DVD.

“The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present” is a comprehensive guide to television. Coverage extends from the era of “Kukla, Fran & Ollie” and “The Honeymooners” all the way to “ER” and “Buffy The Vampire Slayer.” Entries include casts, airdates, and fun facts -- for example, did you know that the Smithsonian Institution now owns the leather jacket Fonzie wore on “Happy Days”?

Finally, the highly regarded “Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll” has been revised and updated for the new millennium. Over 1,900 entries provide artist biographies, critical essays, and complete album lists. There are also hundreds of historical photos.

Whether you’re interested in Doris Day and Cary Grant or TLC and Brad Pitt, come in to the Lane Library and find out more.