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2.0 out of 5 stars A music encyclopedia for the opinionated, 17 July 2011
This review is from: The Virgin Encyclopedia of 80's Music (Paperback)
This book is an interesting one that lists a great many 80's artists that were big in the decade along with a great many obscure artists who never quite tasted chart chart success.

The introduction pages are however the most interesting. Under a sub-title called 'plagiarism' the author goes on about how he is insulted whenever people copy his work or use his material as a core reference. He even goes as far as claiming that many other authors and websites plagiarize his work and that when he finds such a criminal he will call in his lawyers and shut them down! The following section however is sub-titled 'chart positions and record sales' where he lists certain books that he himself has used as core reference! The phrase 'the pot calling the kettle black' comes to mind here!

It is however, highly unlikely that people of a sane mind will want to use his book as a core reference anyway. The book is littered with factual mistakes like certain band members names being left out of some entries and some song titles being incorrectly written. It is also highly opinionated and some entries (like the entry for Jive Bunny) will no doubt insult some fans of that particular artist. Coupled with the fact that the book is also swamped with acts that recorded one or two albums without ever hitting either the UK or US charts and you have a book that is far inferior to other, more better works on the bookshelves.
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