Favorite Songs of the Nineties
Submitter: I work in public library serving a Florida community with a mix of retirees and young families. I just ran across this book in our collection. The clash between the title and cover really stopped me. I started wondering if this was easy listening music from the nineties. Then I noticed that any songs I recognized from the cover predated the 1990s. That’s when I realized something that, based on the title, I doubt any of our patrons or librarians would have expected. This book is actually about the 1890s! Not that there’s anything wrong with period music, but consider that this book is older than I am, it’s maybe time to get a newer song book of turn of the (previous) century music.
Holly: Ha! Since this was published in the 1970s, just calling it “the nineties” made sense. The 1890s were the ’90s people would be referring to. Now, with the 1990s a fading memory, it’s not so obvious. This is not a bad book for public library collections. It’s content is fine. If you can get a new one that differentiates more clearly between 1890s and 1990s, that’s even better!