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Hail! Hail! Rock'n'Roll: The Ultimate Guide to the Music, the Myths and the Madness [Hardcover]

John Harris
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Book Description

1 Oct 2009
HAIL! HAIL! ROCK'N'ROLL is the ultimate guide to what Spinal Tap called 'the majesty of rock, the mystery of roll'. Gloriously irreverent, it is also satisfyingly definitive, with a list of every Glastonbury line-up; a dictionary of obscure genres from Alt.country to Shoegazing; a brutally honest guide to the Beatles' solo albums; the surprising wit and wisdom of Shaun Rider and Noel Gallagher; Bob Dylan's collected thoughts on Christianity and Keith Richards' less-collected thoughts on drugs; and a handy flow chart that shows you how to listen to all of Captain Beefheart's albums without going insane. From essential stage equipment to strange collaborations (Lou Reed and Kiss, anyone?) to the long, tragic journey of the rock moustache, HAIL! HAIL! ROCK'N'ROLL is an endlessly fascinating miscellany from one of the best music writers around.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (1 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847442935
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847442932
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 449,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Music's equivalent of Schott's Miscellany (Mojo )

A vivid and consistently entertaining cornucopia of lists, miniature histories and Harris's own obsessions (Q )

For anyone needing guidance on living a righteous rock'n'roll life, there's no end of wit and wisdom from the likes of Lemmy, Keith Richards, Bob Dylan and the Gallagher brothers, and compilers of pub quizzes should find plenty of potential here ... a nice alternative seasonal gift (Irish Times )

There's more quitessentially Harris stuff in here (who else would include an illustration of These Animal Men Hooligans?), but ultimately Hail! Hail! . . . drips with lashings of popular, everyday appeal. Neither scholarly tome nor single-flick fluff, it (Classic Rock )

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* A fascinating, informative and very funny guide to rock and roll from one of our finest music journalists and writers

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hail! Hail! what a great book 18 Oct 2009
I bought this book to give as a gift for my music loving brother and found myself gripped - so much so that I'm keeping it. It's funny, informative and full of the unexpected. I particularly love the insight into bands' backstage riders and the guide to the world's great rock n roll hotels. The chapter titled music and lyrics is fascinating and again very funny - a guide to Thom Yorke's lyrics, a crap rhyming dictionary and howling factual errors in songs - all just brilliant. Each time I pick it up I just find something else that surprises me and makes me laugh. There is something for any music fan of any genre in this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't anybody proof read this 16 Jan 2011
I do not normally write reviews but I thought I would for this book. It's a coffee table type book in one way, because you can dip in and out of it on any page and find something interesting. What I am amazed about is the amount of printing mistakes in the book , given that I am hopeless at english even I could pick up the mistakes... did anybody proof read this book? I was somewhat suprised by some of the factual mistakes as well, given what a respected journalist John Harris is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rip-off 27 Feb 2012
By Phil
Format:Kindle Edition
I bought the kindle version of this book as I have the hardback. I wanted to take it when I travel. The hardcopy has extensive notes alongside the illustrations which are all omitted from the electronic version. What a rip-off. I am investigating how to get a refund - not very helpful on that score Amazon for electronic downloads - fine if it is hardcopy.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You like Lists & Rock? 22 Feb 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
what's not to like about this interesting wee book? It's got some new facts and snippets that I hadn't heard before which has gotta be a good thing!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Who'd a thunk it? 5 Nov 2009
Lordy, what an incredible amount of words - dead good value! Clearly,an awful lot of work went into this book and it's really funny and interesting and sometimes gobsmacking.
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