- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: Omnibus Press (1 Nov. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1844490076
- ISBN-13: 978-1844490073
- Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 1.2 x 32.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 247,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Even More Rock Family Trees Paperback – 1 Nov 2011
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almost lunatic scholarship' John Peel 'Frame is probably the world's foremost chronicler of rock history' The Observer 'Frame's Rock Family Trees are a class act, a loving archival trawl through rock's minutiae at one absurdly detailed and fantastically well observed.' The Independent
About the Author
Pete Frame was born in Luton, Bedfordshire in 1942. In the early Seventies he started Zigzag, a magazine he edited and wrote for (on and off) for several years. Since 1979, however, he has managed to scratch a living off his pen. His Rock Family Trees have appeared in Melody Maker, NME, Sounds, Rolling Stone, Q, Vox and numerous other publications; in tour programmes; and on record sleeves. He now lives in the Scottish Highlands.
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For this latest anthology, Frame has revisited some old trees, redrawing a number of them both to update information and also simplify a few. These include Fleetwood Mac, Roxy Music (a vast improvement on the original), and the Yes/ELP tree. But there are plenty of newcomers; just take a look at the trees featuring Suede, Creation Records and the Seattle grunge scene for starters.
Then there are trees featuring rock music stalwarts like Elton John, Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Paul McCartney and many others.
The biggest trees, spread over four pages each are those devoted to the Allman Brothers Band and US surf music. But by far the most complex is that for Fairport Convention. Completely redrawn from the original in the first book, it is a demonstration of the utter devotion that Frame pours into his work.
If one criticism can be made it is that in the past there has been a lack of trees featuring black musicians. Not anymore as this book features both R&B vocal legends the Drifters, and jazz genius Miles Davis.
As Frame turns seventy in 2012, one has to speculate on how much longer he will continue to produce these trees, but the book does contain a couple of examples of work from former NME journalist Paul Barber whom Frame has hailed as his natural successor so it looks as if this wonderful series is in safe hands for the foreseeable future!
Now with Pete Frame's Rock Family Trees it takes it to new hieghts of pleasure and wonderment wellworth every penny for music lovers and also
history buffs alike and will look forward to many hours of study ahead.
Would love to see a “session musician” version, although that may be a bit of a challenge to compile?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have always loved Pete Frame's publications, and this is another classic. Very addictive reading, though admittedly some of the bands are a bit obscure.Published on 12 Nov. 2012 by Alan Cowan
A great reference book for aging rock fans. The print is very small so hubby needs a magnifying glass to read the info!Published on 30 Jan. 2012 by Amazon Customer