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Trouser Press Record Guide [Paperback]

S. Robbins
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  • Paperback: 848 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall & IBD; 5th edition (24 Mar 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684814374
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684814377
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,406,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Provides coverage of 8,500 records released since 1990 from 2,300 artists, including critical analysis.

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This all-new edition of The Trouser Press Record Guide focuses on "alternative" music of the '90s. Nearly 50 writers contributed detailed critical appraisals of 2,300 artists and 8,500 records, making this the most up-to-date and exhaustive book on contemporary rock music, from punk to techno, hip-hop to power pop.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent and Essential 7 July 1999
By A Customer
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I've been buying Trouser Press's record guides since the early 80's, when the original magazine unfortunately went under. This book, like previous editions, is totally unrivaled. It's uncanny how many facts it provides about a band along with a lucid and intelligent review of their music, all in a few paragraphs. In this way it makes a total fool out of its rivals, particularly the spotty, psuedo-"hip" and self-conscious Spin Record Guide.
It has the same flaws you would expect of any passionate reviewer--some neglected talents, like Foetus, are hyped like they're the Second Coming, while okay acts like Janes Addiction are unjustly reamed. Its trashing of the Offspring, though, is merely an indication of good taste and integrity. And these are qualities that this guide has in abundance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's a Shame it isn't Updated 24 May 2002
By Brian D. Rubendall - Published on Amazon.com
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The Trouser Press Guide's Fifth Edition calls it a "Guide to 90s Rock." Unfortunately, it is now nearly six years out of date and only covers from 1990 until mid 1996. That said, it features some of the best rock and roll criticism (and writing) anywhere. It purports to cover so-called "alternative rock," which even editor and major contributor Ira Robbins freely admits is a fuzzy definition at best. The artists included range from rap to heavy metal to college rock to punk to "alternative" country and everything in between. The main requirement is that they have to have released albums in the 1990s. Hence many rock icons of the new wave 1980s are missing from this latest volume. The artists also range from the megastar level (R.E.M., U2, Metallica) to the truly obscure (Uncle Joe's Big Ol' Driver?). The one constant is the writing, which is uniformly excellent. As music guides go, this one is top of the line.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent and Essential 7 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I've been buying Trouser Press's record guides since the early 80's, when the original magazine unfortunately went under. This book, like previous editions, is totally unrivaled. It's uncanny how many facts it provides about a band along with a lucid and intelligent review of their music, all in a few paragraphs. In this way it makes a total fool out of its rivals, particularly the spotty, psuedo-"hip" and self-conscious Spin Record Guide.
It has the same flaws you would expect of any passionate reviewer--some neglected talents, like Foetus, are hyped like they're the Second Coming, while okay acts like Janes Addiction are unjustly reamed. Its trashing of the Offspring, though, is merely an indication of good taste and integrity. And these are qualities that this guide has in abundance.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You need this and the 1991 pink-cover editions 7 July 2004
By John L Murphy - Published on Amazon.com
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If you want a complete overview of the scene circa late-1970s to mid-90s. Many of the cross-references and entries reduce or eliminate the pre-1991 coverage in the 5th ed. This made room for what can be seen here, perhaps unwittingly, as the death of the alternative scene, as Option magazine folded since nobody knew what the adjective meant anymore. Stone Temple Pilots, Metallica, Madonna, Prince, Run-DMC are all here, which isn't a recommendation in my opinion. Still, faced with the lack of other works (Dave Thompson's Alt Rock guide and Christgau's decade-length digests are far more, well, individually weighted, for better or worse), this is the best in-print source. All-Music Guide, now having migrated like TP to the web, serves as an excellent counterpart to TPRG's 4th and 5th eds.
I often compare reviews from AMG and TPRG, or check data for references. Between the two, they fill a gap left by Rolling Stone since the 1980s and Spin since, well, then, for the American rock aficionado who can't always find Q or Mojo. TPRG started as an Anglophonic rock 'zine in the middle of the 70s, so its tendencies tilt that direction in much of its coverage. The styles remind me of the heyday of Option or Alternative Press in its array of critics, who often wrote in these magazines. The critics show their smarts and are fun to browse.
Reviewers do often go easier on the music than Thompson or Christgau, but their emphasis on what the more mainstream or over-eclectic critics miss fills the gaps for serious fans. If you use this in conjunction with AMG and your own gut reactions, you'll gain a better sense of what's worthwhile to keep hearing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, just get the damn thing! 10 Aug 2001
By DJ Joe Sixpack - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Fabulous. The best book of its kind. No rock reference book is better. Period. It's also worth tracking down older editions, since with each revision the series undergoes interesting transitions, shedding some reviews, changing or adding others.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good addition to music reference collections everywhere 17 Mar 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
While TP90s is an excellent record guide, it is deeply opinionated in its style, which leads to some bands being shunned or stiffed in the reviews. Many fast rising bands (like Cake or 311) were missed entirely, and Robbins' dislike of others, such as Offspring, leads to some very biased reviews. I still prefer the "Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock n Roll", but for a true 90s Music enthusiast this is considerably more complete than RSEoRnR.
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