All Music Guide to Rock 2nd Edition (Amg All Music Guide Series)

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9780879304942: All Music Guide to Rock 2nd Edition (Amg All Music Guide Series)

A guide to rock, pop and soul recordings. The book provides biographies, discographies, reviews, essays, charts and ratings on the 15,000 albums and 2500 artists featured. An alphabetical listing provides the biographical information, which is followed by a chronological listing of selected best albums. The guide includes bootleg recordings, important out of print albums, import only releases and lesser known cult artists. "Music maps" show the growth of rock trends ranging from rockabilly to Motown, folk rock, heavy metal, soul, punk, funk and so on.

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The second edition of All Music's popular rock encyclopedia is a thorough and informed survey of thousands of CD titles currently on the market. While pop, soul, R&B, and rap titles are critiqued, the emphasis here is on rock with a capital "R." Indeed, it's not too hard to stump the book with indie titles and other offbeat recordings. (Try The Trouser Press Guide to '90s Rock for a fitting underground complement to this more mainstream reference.) That said, the genre's almost 2,000 musicians are placed under the microscope. Recommendations for first and essential purchases as well as biographies and other vital facts flesh out the entries. This isn't the only book you'll need for your pop-music reference library, but it is a key purchase for rabid CD buyers. --Steven Stolder

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Grade 9 UpAThis title might appeal to casual music fans and trivia buffs, but is not an essential purchase for libraries. It consists mainly of an alphabetical listing of performers and bands. The entries include date of birth (date formed for bands), death (date disbanded for bands), and a sketchy biography (or group history). A detailed discography includes the relative merit of various albums and points out essential purchases for each artist. Unfortunately, the criticism is dismissive, offering descriptions such as "brief and angular punk rock" and "ponderous and overblown" with no real clue as to what qualities these phrases refer to. This is not an exhaustive resource. Groups such as Shakespeares Sister or The Crash Test Dummies are left out, while the one-hit wonder Blues Magoos is included. An ad in the front claims that the All Music Guide Web page is more comprehensive. The most interesting part of the book is a look at the history of rock genres, from rockabilly to girl groups to grunge. These essays are dry and dense, but informative. At best, this can be used as a supplement for libraries with large music collections.ALawrence Kapture, New York Public Library
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