Rock and Roll Year By Year

 
9780789496492: Rock and Roll Year By Year

A definitive encyclopedia of rock music offers a chronological overview of the music that shaped several generations of fans, encompassing the key stories of each decade, from the 1950s to the present day, and the major artists of the times.

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Co-founders of the Media Research & Information Bureau -- the largest chart-compiling and music research agency in Europe -- Luke Compton and Dafydd Rees have written more than 20 books about the music business, including DK's Encyclopedia of Rock Stars.

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Adult/High School-Two prolific music writers have followed their Rock Stars Encyclopedia (DK, 1999; o.p.) with this massive photographic chronology of a musical and cultural phenomenon. At first, it seems to walk and talk like a coffee-table production, but the contents reveal considerably more substance than the usual oversized gift volume. Produced with the cooperation of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the book is as notable for the careful research behind the text as for the striking pictorial layouts. Beginning with January 1950, when Sam Phillips opened his first recording studio in Memphis, rock history is chronicled month by month through December 2002, ending with the sudden death of punk star Joe Strummer of The Clash. In addition to the facts, figures, and personalities highlighted within each month, lively essays summarize significant developments of each decade, charts compare No. 1 hits in the U.S. and the U.K. during identical periods, and entertaining sidebars provide expanded commentary and quotations. Every page includes fascinating historical photographs and color images of artifacts from the museum's rich collections. Though considerably larger than a backpack, this visual feast should tempt even thin-book devotees, and provide food for some cross-generational conversation among music-loving teens and adults.-Starr E. Smith, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
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