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  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Backbeat UK; 4th Revised edition edition (24 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879306289
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879306281
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18.8 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 649,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 18 people found the following review helpful By JW Alexander on 8 July 2004
Format: Paperback
I must say i use it far less than my 'rock' all music guide (which covers all types of music), as to be honest, excellent 'electronica' albums arent that common. I use this guide to serve more as a mental note - when im looking in a shop and i see a artist/title it rings a bell in my head as i have read about it in this guide. These guides are also good 'post-purchase' as you can listen to purchased album whilst looking at track descriptions etc.
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4 of 51 people found the following review helpful By dish on 12 July 2004
Format: Paperback
JW of Surrey United should not close his ears to the possibility that the "bell" ringing in his head is yet another of his rave records echoing round his mind.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Unbelievably Unfocused and Underlisted 2 Aug. 2002
By James M. Bailey - Published on
Format: Paperback
Actually, 1.5 stars: this has to be, without doubt, the most unfocused and incomplete AMG ever produced. I agree with the reviewer who asserted that AMG simply cut and pasted content off their web site and quickly threw together this diffuse hodge-podge of questionable and incomplete listings. Caveat Emptor: this book is not the 2nd edition like Amazon lists it as. 2nd editions generally take what was wrong with firsts, correct, and expand. This is what the AMG brain-trust needs to do with this book: the foundation is there, just seriously review content, edit out what isn't true electronica (by their admitted definitions), and expand to include other artists, including the complete discography (you don't have to review each album, just list) of established artists and the genre's prolific indies like Thumbtack Smoothie and Voice of Eye. So what if it approaches 1,200 pages? Same with Pop: unless they're cutting-edge contributers like Blancmange or Gary Numan, leave all the 80's synth-pop and hair-band fluff out; C'mon AMG,Flock of Seagulls and Talk Talk? Plus, devoting nearly three pages to verbose, hyper-detailed reviews of every Prince album, yet hardly any attention to the shifting careers and prolific output of ground-breakers like Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze? Some listings are just plain insulting: the superficial Sun Ra discography is a huge disservice; although Sun Ra did introduce electronics into the jazz idiom, the music was still jazz--artists like this should be given full attention in the AMG Jazz Guide. Likewise, rock-oriented artists should remain in the AMG Rock Guide; I like Radiohead and Pink Floyd, but they seem woefully out of place here (in the case of PF, they stop the discography listings at "The Wall." Who was in charge of this project?) And if AMG wishes to questionably include the "Shoegazer" movement as electronica, why list My Bloody Valentine and leave out Lush or Catherine Wheel? Be consistent!!
Not that the book is all bad. The essays and chart maps on how all the various electronica sub-genres evolved are informative reading, and push the book up 1/2 star. Plus they give good attention to all the various DJ's and their respective roles in the genre's development. And thankfully Yanni and John Tesh aren't included (there is a benign God, after all.) The foundation is here; nonetheless, AMG needs to start over with this guide, review, cut, and expand. Better yet, maybe an enterprising MUSICHOUND editior will read these reviews and decide to produce and release their own competing guide. At least they won't short-shrift the artist's discography for the sake of space. Who knows, they might even include a photo or two....
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
From Kraftwerk to Amon to Aphex Twin 16 July 2001
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Format: Paperback
Just a reply to Matthew here in terms of the prolificness of Amon Duul compared to the Prodigy. Theres absolutely nothing prolific about the Prodigy, not compared to the real innovators from Amon Duul to Kraftwerk to Aphex Twin ( who is the king of all electronic music the last decade). Amon Duul is extremely important in a lot of the electronic music groundwork, so thats why there are 2 and a half pages compared to the Prodigy , who are just a pop/dance band and merely entertaining to watch.
It's not about who ones likes , its about who truly is and was important in electronic music. It's good to be diverse in liking different styles and all that, even though I dont understand liking a true innovator such as an Aphex Twin in the same vein as Armin van Buuren, DJ Tiesto, Ferry Corsten or Anti-loop who are the most one dimensional, generic/teeny bopper-techno acts/Dj's around.
14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Definitive Guide?!? Nah!!! 16 Oct. 2003
By "thegrey1947" - Published on
Format: Paperback
I picked up that book a while ago, thinking I had found some sort of Holy Grail. Reality check! This so-called definitive guide is so full of errors, omissions and such that even the most braindead raver could have made a better job! Not to mention that most of the bands/artists discography is incomplete.
Being a life-long fan of electronic music (especially of Industrial & EBM) I couldn't help but noticed some insanities. Here a few.
1) Straight in the beginning of the book ("Brief Style Description" > Industrial Dance"). The authors are mentioning Front 242 (cool!)... but guess what? There is no entry for Front 242 in the "Definitive Guide"!!! Yeah, who cares about those belgians innovators who coined the style known as EBM (Electronic Body Music)? Laughable.
2) Now go to the Skinny Puppy entry. What's wrong with it? Read the first paragraph carefully. cEvin Key is listed as "the former singer of Images In Vogue". What??? That's new to me... I thought I heard Mr. Crompton himself said he only been the drummer (to pay the rent). Thanks guys to enlighten me. cEvin, you lied to us all Puppy fans!
3) Anyone remember the late Frank Tovey? You know, that guy from UK who made quite a sensation in the 80s on the electro scene? No? Fad Gadget was the name of his band... on Mute Records. Yep, sharing the slot with Depeche Mode... Remember now? Ok, another hint, his live performances were totally wild and his music minimalist? Well... don't worry if you don't remember, the authors didn't do any good either.
4) A tricky one now. Who inspired Wumpscut, Allied Vision, Leather Strip, Hocico and another handful of dark electro-industrial bands? They were german. No, not Kraftwerk. Another try? yelworC!!! But they doesn't count since they only released a handful of tapes, singles, and a full lenght album & an anthology before one of the former member left to create amGod. But I bet you never heard of them either. Nevermind, neither the authors of The Definitive Guide.
5) Talking about obscure bands, the authors did a remarkable job at ignoring Klinik, whom dark icy minimalist electro-industrial muzak didn't make much of a difference on the scene in the 80s.
and the list drags on forever on multiple levels.
The only point worth mentioning about this joke book is the efort the authors deployed to describe styles of electronic music, put them in categories and draw tables showing off ramifications. That alone prevail me from throwing the book away.
Let's all consume large amount of MDMA and let's read the electronic bible while reading entries about obscure DJs that shaped the present music (and the one to come)!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Good now, getting less good every day 22 Feb. 2002
By Robert S Michaels - Published on
Format: Paperback
But that, of course, isn't really this particular book's fault, but rather the reality for any printed survey of a topic that's constantly evolving. Like previous reviewers have said, you might want to just checkout the allmusic web site, unless you're a freakishly obsessed collector or are using a gift certificate and feeling a little more free than usual with what you buy (like me).
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Excellent reference material 5 April 2013
By graysonG - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Perused this volume years ago at a library and searched the internet to find a copy for myself. Very pleased.
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