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Rock Atlas: 700 great music locations and the fascinating stories behind them
Rock Atlas: 700 great music locations and the fascinating stories behind them
by David Roberts
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.95

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book tour of Britain's top musical shrines, 19 Nov. 2011
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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