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The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Rock

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  58 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Published (first published January 1st 2007)
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At first I thought this was a great reference piece, but as I began going through it, I started noticing more and more omissions that have finally left me to ask how they decided who to include.

Perhaps it's because the publishers are British, and they leaned more heavily on British and European tastes. Whatever criteria they used there were a lot of omissions that have led me to conclude that this is a mediocre encyclopedia. Especially for one that claims to be definitive.

In this edition, the
Gives the decade in a nutshell, devotes several pages to the usual suspects from each era, then tries to summarize many influential bands with no more than a paragraph. Complete in the sense that it lists just about every band that recorded during a given decade, but with no entry for 99% of them. Lots of fine pictures, again of the usual big names, a few photos of the more popular bands. Cute end chapter on one-hit-wonders. But for actual facts, stick to the Rolling Stone Encyclopedia or Trouse ...more
While books like these are an excellent starting point for those unfamiliar with Rock and its history, and almost always contain (as this one does) great photographs of the artists covered, they are simply not essential for people who really know rock music. These books are simply to general for someone looking for a serious study. Still, this is a quality release; it's just I've seen all this info before, in more encyclopediac forms.
Good starter book for my 13 year old to learn about rock. It would only be better if it included a CD with snippets of songs.
okay encyclopedia. prefer wikipedia. Gives you a good look at history
Comprehensive enough, great photography, fun and enjoyable reading.
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Amazing book for the best people of the world
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Michael Heatley is the author or editor of over thirty biographies, including Backstreet Boys: The Unofficial Book, Bon Jovi: In Their Own Words and Rolf Harris: The Most Talented Man In The World. In 1995, he wrote the liner notes to Rolf's best-selling album Rolf Rules OK!

Since 1977 he has written more than a hundred music, sport and TV books.

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