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Great addition to any music reference book collection,
This review is from: Rock Chronicles: A Visual History of the World's Greatest 250 Rock Acts (Hardcover)
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Being an ardent music fan, I love nothing more than a really good music reference book to sit and leaf through in those quieter moments, titles such as the Rough Guide to Rock and Virgin Encyclopaedias of 80s and 90s music are well thumbed in my house, so I was more than a little interested in getting my hands on this new book. It's a good sized, regular hardback, not too heavy or cumbersome and pretty sturdy and will certainly look good on the bookshelf.
250 Rock acts are covered from the last 60-70 years, all the big hitters you'd expect such as Elvis, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd and such, but there are also more modern acts such as Kings of Leon and non-UK/American bands such as Crowded House, which makes this book much more interesting. Rock, as discussed in the introduction, is such a catch-all term so we have everything from grunge to prog-rock, some electro, pop and much more. The Prodigy are included, as are ELO and The Cure, it really is that inclusive.
The layout is nicely done, a lot is made of the info-gram in the blurb and whilst this is a novel way of showing the band's chronology and personnel, it's not as radical as made out, as to me the text is equally important. The more major acts in the book also feature a 2 page spread of photos and album artwork from various periods, so you can't say you don't get your money's worth. Some of the written reviews are a little off-target or inconsistent, for example in Crowded House's entry, three quarters of the review discusses Split Enz rather than the actual band the entry is meant to be for...
However, these are minor niggles. The band reviews overall are very good, just enough information to cover each band's history and I certainly learnt a lot about acts I only have a passing association with, but not too much that you're attention dwindles. If you want to learn more, then you can always buy a history/biography for that particular band. I'm sure I'll pick this book up many times over the coming weeks and months and gradually plough my way through the vast amount of information, learning and remembering many facts about the monster known as `Rock' music. Truly excellent book...