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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Clarksdale; UK and Ireland edition edition (21 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905959249
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905959242
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 20.3 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Roberts was Managing Editor on numerous music books at Guinness World Records including British Hit Singles & Albums and Rockopedia and is now a pop music author and book packager. He was consultant writer and film interviewer for the recently opened British Music Experience at the 02. General Editor of Rock Chronicles (Oct 2012) he is the author of the UK and Ireland music locations guide book, Rock Atlas and the USA edition published in 2014.

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Author and compiler David Roberts was formerly managing editor of the Guinness range of music books including British Hit Singles, Rockopedia and The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. His pop knowledge expanded hugely during his lengthy spell at Guinness where he had the good fortune to work alongside Tim Rice, Jo Rice and Paul Gambaccini. He is an author and contributor to music books and recently acted as writer for the British Music Experience visitor attraction at London s O2.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Some Other Guy on 28 Oct 2011
Format: Paperback
I've been waiting for this to be released for ages - it's been on pre-order but it's finally here. Question is, was it worth the wait?

The answer is, unequivocally, yes!

David Roberts, formerly the editor of the much-missed Guinness Book of Hit Singles & Albums, has put together a marvellous book that, as it says on the cover, details major rock locations and landmarks in the UK and Ireland. Each piece features a unique summary, quotes from rock luminaries and photos from the archives, some rarely seen before. Contemporary photos are also included which serve to show how rapidly situations can change. Readers are invited to actually visit the locations as specific directions are included, and perhaps you should visit while you still can, as some venues may not be around forever? Take for example Olympic Studios - when photographed recently, an active studio...now closed, having been sold by EMI, it's future uncertain.

It's not just the major stars who are included, although The Beatles, The Stones & the like feature prominently throughout. Smaller bands and artists also feature along with the some of the sadder entries, such as the Marc Bolan shrine in Barnes.

The fans will know about every aspect of their hero's life & career - however the casual reader may not be aware of the some of the major events that may have happened right in their neighbourhood and this, I think, is the real appeal of the book.

It's rich in detail, content and has clearly been a labour of love. I'm already looking forward to Volume II!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R.Cooper on 20 Dec 2011
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Over 650 musical locations & the stories behind them with so many fascinating entries that it is hard know where to begin. One of the first images you are hit with in the intro is the gravestone of Eleanor Rigby which inspired Lennon (also Location #467). Didn't realise but there is also an Eleanor Rigby statue in Liverpool (Location #442). Obviously there are many sixties places that are not in here but then the problem is how can you possible fit them all in. Do you put the address of every London studio & record company back then in? Notwithstanding those minor points then this is a beautiful book with many fine quality photos & easily to read text that you can at any given moment pick up skim through & find interesting info. Naturally it concentrates more on the famous acts but does also (which I appreciated) some of the more unknown or unexpected. For example particularly liked the mention of Spillers Records - it is located in Cardiff & reputedly the world's oldest record shop still going (#412). Amazing that secret out of the way pub gig in Somerset by Kylie Minogue & that pub location (the locals thought it was a hoax) (#26), & happy to see the not so well known but special West Runton Pavillion mentioned (#349). Salisbury even in itself has had 2 excellent books written on its scene and here it can only be due to space limitations virtually a page with half of that nicely devoted to DDDBM&T & their Salisbury City Hall blue plaque (#49). Interesting to see where the Stone Roses 'Love Spreads' sleeve comes from Newport Bridge's coat of arms (#423), plus Dusty Springfield's cliff top memorial location at Moher (#679). As Roberts humbly says in his fine intro "there's so many more tales to be told and we'd like to hear yours". The research that Roberts undertook here is really staggering and taking up to date clear photos of how the locations are looking today then this is simply a beautiful book & read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pete Chambers on 19 Nov 2011
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I HAVE to say that there's no better way to explore our music heritage than a trip around the UK with a copy of Rock Atlas by your side.

The book takes you on a fascinating musical tour of old Blighty (and Northern & Southern Ireland too), in a fact-packed guaranteed style to have music trivia fans positively drooling.

Author David Roberts has done an astounding job of compiling facts and information on various `must see' music shrines county by county.

I like to think as a music journalist I am aware of many of the better known places to visit. Though once you have checked-out the likes of Heddon Street and The Ziggy Stardust telephone box, Salford's Lads Club made famous by The Smiths, The Abbey Road Pedestrian crossing and so many more, you then begin to find hidden gems that are all news to me.

The book focuses on places to visit and pay homage to, it doesn't, like other books of its kind give you every piece of useless information available on each area, instead it leads you to the most tangible spots making each one a special place to read about.

Speaking of which, Coventry gets two rather nice pages, predictably about our 2-Tone heritage. The 2-Tone Trail is highlighted, featuring 51 Albany Road, the birthplace of 2-Tone, and also 2-Tone Central gets an entry, even including its new 2-Tone Village location.

With or without that Cov stuff, this book is the best music book I have read.

Pete Chambers, The Coventry Telegraph,Backbeat Column

* Rock Atlas (Clarksdale Books, £19.99). ISBN: 9781905959242

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bruno MacDonald on 17 Nov 2011
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Cover images of Ozzy, Oasis, Pink Floyd and Phil Lynott give a clue to the varied delights in this chunky tome. You'll inevitably look for your hometown and favourite artists first, but the jam-packed design continually draws your eye to other items and pages. The book will hopefully inspire a road trip or two to the places identified, but it works just as well as an armchair guide to our rock 'n' rollin' isles.
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