I'm extremely persnikkity about bks on this subject b/c it's one of my main obsessions. NO bk is ever likely to cover the subject as thoroughly as I'd like. Such bks are always about superstars &, if they're written by NYC authors, then they're about NYC superstars. Dullsville, daddio. Holmes at least attempts to cover a broader spectrum of people. I liked this one enuf to even read the revised 2nd edition. On the downside, though, Holmes is a NYC writer wch means that when he knows about obscure people they're obscure NYC people. Oh well, it' still a good bk.