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I'm Not Convinced That Less Is More,
This review is from: The Rough Guide to Rock (Paperback)
I'm really somewhat disappointed by the editorial direction that this third edition of the 'Rough Guide to Rock' has taken, though arguably, in this shift, it has actually moved closer to its remit than that pursued by previous editions. For this edition, the editor has narrowed the definition of 'rock' considerably, which has meant the jettisoning of many of the bands and artists who were included in previous editions, but who were really only 'rock' in the sense that 'rock' is sometimes used to denote 'popular music' as opposed to a guitar-based stream of music within popular music. This shift makes this third edition perhaps more authentic to its title, but also means that it is a much more one-dimensional read. I used to happily browse previous editions of the 'Rough Guide to Rock', intrigued by what leafing through those pages offered. Now, because of its lack of diversity, I fear I'll be using this edition in a rather dry fashion simply as a reference book to answer enquiries.