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The History of Rock: A Definitive Guide to Rock, Punk, Metal and Beyond

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A must-have for any music fan, The History of Rock chronicles over six decades of key events in rock, punk, metal, and more. Featuring profiles of 100 groundbreaking artists from the rock music pantheon and special breakout sections on trendslike Beatlemania, Disco Fever, and Motown, this book is the definitive guide to all things rock n’ roll. It includes over 450 photogr ...more
Hardcover, USA Edition, 320 pages
Published July 8th 2011 by Paragon (first published 2011)
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Sep 08, 2012 Tommy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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I don’t even know where to begin with this book.

I suppose I can start with the fact that it is extremely misrepresented by it’s cover. “The definitive guide?” I can assure you this book is anything but.

No, essentially what we have here is a coffee table guide, and not a very good one at that. It is vague and leaves out many crucial elements that further exemplify how worthless this book is.

At one point it talks about The Police,
Apr 22, 2014 Paola rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

I started to notice, around page 100 that his opinions werent as neutral as they should be. It is written as a "Definitive Guide" but the information was sparse and sometimes it revolved around things that didnt appear as important as the actual music. He called Janis Joplin a "tomboy" which, is one of the least important things I would like to know regarding her,and sounds so judgmental. Im 30 years old, and much of the music I remember was in 90s and 2000s and a lot of bands werent even mentio
Oct 29, 2012 Angus rated it really liked it
This book is pretty good, however many parts could use some work. For starters, they could put in a bigger varieties of musical artists, like maybe more classic rock bands like The Guess Who. However, on the bands that they did have I will admit they did a decent job. But with the band lineup section they have for bands, they could tell you more about the other members of the band, like what instrument they play/played and if they wrote any of the bands songs. As a Bass player I think they could ...more
Eduardo Téllez
May 13, 2013 Eduardo Téllez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very complete. Like any book of the subject, it has to left some artists and genres out. But I think it's pretty complete, and easy to read. I liked it!
Daniel Ochoa
Nov 08, 2013 Daniel Ochoa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un par de errores por ahí, y ni una pinche mención a Tool, pero aún así es una buena lectura para todo amante del Rock.
Frida Palacios
Mar 16, 2014 Frida Palacios rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Bueno, no tan completo, pero con lo que tiene está muy bien...
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Mark Paytress is a journalist, author and broadcaster. A regular contributor to MOJO magazine, his work has also appeared in numerous publications including The Guardian, Radio Times, Q, Rolling Stone, Crawdaddy, Maxim, La Repubblica and Record Collector.

His books include Bolan: The Rise & Fall Of A 20th Century Superstar (Omnibus Press), Break It Up: Patti Smith’s Horses And The Remaking Of R
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