The first edition of this book (which I got in 1992 when it first came out - I like to brag about this because it's the ONE thing I was into before everyone else) more or less formed my sensibilities RE: what I like about pop music, so, yeah, I'm a little biased. I just about wet my pants when I saw the 2nd ed. in my not-so-local bookstore, and snapped it up instantly, and it did not disappoint. If I knew someone who wanted to get started on some kind of weird "Great Books About Rock n Roll" program, I'd give 'em this, Chuck's "Accidental Evolution of Rock N Roll", and R. Meltzer's "Aesthetics of Rock." Chuck is one of the smartest and funniest humans writing about r'n'r (or anything else); reading one of his books (or reviews) is more akin to listening one of your weird, obsessed friends ramble on without restraint about a topic they truly love (maybe that's why I keep using the dude's first name, as if I knew him or something). I much prefer that feeling to that of being lectured at or talked-down to that I get from other r'n'r books. I have a feeling that the very thing that I - and others - love about this book is the same thing that will alienate a lot of the plebians who will cry 'foul' upon discovering that Priest and Maiden don't make the final cut, to wit: the willingness that Chuck has to challenge, provoke, irritate, confuse, or SOMEHOW get SOME KIND OF REACTION FROM the reader. You may hate this book, but it will NOT put you to sleep. Instead of telling the metal fan what s/he wants to hear, Chuck tries to - gasp! - expand their horizons somewhat by - choke! - throwing a few actual IDEAS their way!! If you feel you're up to the challenge, give STAIRWAY a try. I can't recommend it highly enough.