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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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  • 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)

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This is by far the most comprehensive and up-to-date volume about music names - not just bands, all stars seem to get a mention.
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.
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I purchased this particular illustrated music reference book in curiosity and only after I incredulously saw and scanned some near-rave reviews that were appearing in U.K. newspapers written about the previous edition. I then wondered if the new book could possibly live up to all the great media hype. Actually, and to my great surprise and sheer delight, it pretty nearly does, so very well done. The amount of research, detail, fact and interviews seems to go on and on. Some of the source type references lie off the page, and that is just as well, or the dictionary would be unmanageable and enormous.

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
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To my opinion a quite interesting and enertaining book for people loving the whole area of Rock and Pop including marginal subjects such as Blues etc.

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...
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