- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Remember When (16 April 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1844158071
- ISBN-13: 978-1844158072
- Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 18.4 x 27.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,146,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Dictionary of Rock and Pop Names: The Rock & Pop Names Encyclopedia From Aaliyah to ZZ Top Hardcover – 16 Apr 2008
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Top Customer Reviews
It's all boiled down to 320 completely addictive pages. The pictures are fun too. Just start on one page and pick up a link to a related band, and off you go. Mark Beech's columns are syndicated across the U.S., so not surprisingly there's a generous helping of American names, both bands and stars. Everyone can hope there will be a sequel, but for the time being this dictionary is useful for music fans, trivia addicts and more.
Mark Beech has popped up on TV in the States recently where he was talking about Michael Jackson and Bruce Springsteen. Both of these megastars are in this book, as well as Elton John's name certificate and the cartoons that inspired Badly Drawn Boy and my all-time favorite act, Teardrop Explodes.
The Dictionary of Rock and Pop Names: The Rock & Pop Names Encyclopedia From Aaliyah to ZZ Top
However, I share the view of some others that it would be great to have all the non-disclosed materials (the author states he has included only 1/4 of his material in the book) available, and in addition to have some additional pictures of the bands and individuals described.
Inother terms: Too many of my favorite bands are missing.
This personal deficit of mine could, for Example, be remedied on a DVD or the like.
In addition, some of the explanations for the basis of names and monikers are so short as to be meaningless.
Anyway: Very interesting, sometimes funny and always adequate for a little break...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
it does what it says on the tin but some of the facts are so well known so no new info some of it is things like it is his own name doh! but I suppose it is what it isPublished 9 months ago by M. Hoole
After interviewing thousands of the world's best-know musicians, Mark Beech has managed to collect and collate an anthology of band, star, and music label names and nicknames in... Read morePublished on 23 Feb. 2011 by ejh