A Music From The Third Floor Guide To 100 Bollywood Soundtracks Every Music Lover Ought To Hear
Compiled and written by PC Hille
Format: 120 pp. paperback (12 x 18 cm) with 100 colour illustrations
Price: U.K.: £12 / Europe: €17 / Rest of the world: $19 (plus P&P). Get in touch if you require multiple copies.
Note: Not available in any shops.

Vintage Indian film music has been making an impact around the world for quite some time. Compilations have been produced, songs have been sampled and YouTube clips have gone viral. But there has never been a guidebook to the soundtrack albums themselves. Until now.

Based on his acclaimed Bollywood soundtrack blog Music From The Third Floor, PC Hille’s pocket-sized and richly illustrated book touches on the traditionally rooted scores of the early 1950s, explores the implementation of modern jazz and rock ’n’ roll in the 1960s, covers the funky, pan-generic experimentation of the 1970s, and ends up taking on the over-the-top Bombay Disco sounds of the 1980s. Visionary composers Shankar-Jaikishan, Naushad Ali, O.P. Nayyar, S.D. Burman, Kalyanji-Anandji, Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Rahul Dev Burman and Bappi Lahiri are among those featured, in addition to legendary singers such as Mohd. Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle. Presented chronologically, the records listed might not be the 100 soundtracks that represent Bollywood most accurately, they might not be the 100 best Bollywood soundtracks ever made, but they are definitely 100 Bollywood Soundtracks Every Music Lover Ought To Hear.