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The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock and Roll: The Definitive History of the Most Important Artists and Their Music

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The ultimate illustrated history of rock & roll--comprehensive, authoritative, and fully updated with coverage of the most important new sounds and artists of the 1980s and `90s. ...more
Paperback, 720 pages
Published November 10th 1992 by Random House (first published 1976)
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Paul Bryant
Dec 10, 2007 Paul Bryant rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: giants
I have the 1976 edition of this and it's a very aggravating book because it's so damn big. It doesn't fit on any shelves, it's just a big old nasty thing. I'd throw it out except that I really like it.
Burt Campbell
Jan 05, 2013 Burt Campbell rated it really liked it
Good reference material; certainly NOT definitive, feel free to disagree with the opinions therein. A good way to find 'similar artists' to those you already enjoy.
Jul 26, 2008 Michelle rated it it was amazing
I LOVE this book. Covers all the greats. It's like my 3rd bible.
May 15, 2009 1joe rated it it was amazing
Death, rape, sex, drugs, murder, and alchol are these things suitable for childern? I dont think it is wheather its in a book or on tv. Books that contain these things i dont think should be taught in school. Childeren should not be exposed to things like this. There is no schoolastic vaule to teaching these things in a class. A child should be revealed to these things in a healthy enviroment.

First off books that have graphic content shouldnt be taught in school. At a young age it is not a smar
Tim Dickmeyer
I would give this book 4 stars in dealing with the content preceding the first British Invasion. However, it enters a downswing thereafter and falls apart right around the Summer of Love. The first fatal flaw is that any content regarding material after Rolling Stone began publishing is merely reprints of old articles. Thus, instead of having a new essay drafted regarding Phil Spector, they reprint an article from 1970. Since it is a collection of essays, it suffers heavily from speculation and ...more
Catherine Woodman
Mar 22, 2016 Catherine Woodman rated it really liked it
I have spent the last six months reading this book out loud to my youngest son as he takes a class in Rock and Roll in American Culture. It has been overall fun to read about rock and roll as a phenomenon and to learn that there are trends in music that are directly tied to social and economic trends. This book, however, is less academic and more fan based. There are multiple authors for different artists and eras in music, which leads to a highly variable book in terms of quality. One thing ...more
Nov 25, 2013 Jacob rated it really liked it
Would have rated it 5 stars when I read it back in junior high school around 1976 or so. Since then, it's a little easier to see its canonization of all things boomer and what the cultural critic folks call Rockist ideology. It's still a good one though. Probably affected as much as just about any book I've read in my life.

To this day, when I'm evaluating the historical importance of a contemporary artist, I ask myself how long an essay they would have warranted in this book (quarter-page, half-
Oct 01, 2012 Clare rated it really liked it
The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock & Roll is a substantial, deep, broad, and engaging exploration of the history of rock up to 1992. If you’re not into music or rock, this isn’t going to change your mind, but it’s a solid introduction to the genre.
Jan 02, 2014 Jason rated it it was amazing
Lots of information in here. Great stories and analysis of several different groups and time periods.
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Anthony DeCurtis is an American author and music critic, who has written for Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Relix and other publications.

DeCurtis is now a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, where his work has appeared for more than thirty years. He holds a Ph.D. in American literature from Indiana University, and teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Pennsylvania. He
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