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This is the second edition of Roxon's original 1969 Rock Encyclopedia. It was issued 5 years after her 1973 death, and so the cover and title page contain the entry "compiled by Ed Naha". Many of the entries from the original edition were not included in this one, and many newer artists were added to this one by Naha.
softcover, 611 pages
Published June 1st 1971 by The Universal Library (first published 1969)
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Jason Koivu
Sep 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
For a mere quarter at a used book sale, I picked up Lillian Roxon's Rock Encyclopedia, one of the first serious compilations on rock music. What a great thrift-score!

As a music journalist focused on San Francisco and New York in the late 1960s, Roxon was uniquely positioned to absorb a wealth of knowledge on the breaking music of the day.

Now, 40+ years after its publication, the book is a fun read for a couple reasons. The first being that there are many minor, no longer active acts mentioned
Dec 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Invaluable reference work. Always within reach.
Jul 25, 2020 rated it liked it
I gave this 3 stars since a few of the entries were rather short & the discographies were inconsistent, but this book still had some good insights & was pretty good for its time. ...more
Dec 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, music-reference
I purchased Lillian Roxon's Rock Encyclopedia when it was released in the early 70's and I'm now on my second copy, having worn out the first one. This was the first serious rock encyclopedia and should now be considered as one of the landmark books in rock literature and journalism. For several years, there were no other rock reference books like it. Roxon's Encyclopedia is now dated by 40 years and she wore her own musical prejudices on her sleave. But it is still great reading for anyone with ...more
Jan 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: students of pop history, students of culture history
Recommended to Allan by: no one.
Shelves: reference
If you're a serious interest in some of the origins of R'n'R, this is for you. There have been times I've consulted this on a daily basis. I must have bought my copy at a HS library bookfair. My copy is not losing pages yet.
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An amazing resource. A great way to find out about old bands I've never heard of.
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