All Music Guide to Rock

All Music Guide to Rock

The Definitive Guide to Rock, Pop, and Soul

Book - 2002
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(Book). Easy to use and fun to explore, this 1,400-page tome is the most complete guide ever published on the artists and recordings that really rock. Compiled by dozens of music critics, it reviews and rates more than 14,000 great albums by over 2,200 artists and groups in more than 400 styles both mainstream and alternative including bootlegs, import-only releases, important out-of-print recordings, and lesser-known cult artists. A brief profile details each performer's career, while insightful reviews of top recordings help define the musician's artistic development and impact on rock. Expanded biographies spotlight major figures, along with complete album discographies. Also features educational essays and "music maps" that chart the evolution of rock's diverse subgenres at a glance.
Publisher: San Francisco : Backbeat Books, 2002
Edition: 3rd edition
ISBN: 9780879306533
Branch Call Number: 781.64 ALL 2002
Characteristics: vi, 1399 p. : charts


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May 17, 2011

An excellent mammoth tome at 1400 fine-print pages and no photos. 2200 artists and 14,000 album reviews by top music writers like Richie Unterberger. It has a 25 page section of Various Artist album reviews too, plus a 50 page appendix with essays and diagrams on different rock music genres and their histories. This is the best single general reference book available. Indispensible.

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