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A very well presented book, which is better suited to those who dont use the internet much,
This review is from: Rock Chronicles: A Visual History of the World's Greatest 250 Rock Acts (Hardcover)
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Rock Chronicles looks good, with a great typeface, an interesting layout, the comprehensive content and even the pages smell great when you open it up for the first time. But unless you're a next-to-nil internet user, then you will have experienced this type of book already either as a series of articles online, or even in condensed form in one of the regular monthly music magazines that hit the shelves. I could end the review there, but that wouldn't really be fair. It has a place on bookshelves, as the writing is of good quality, but what that place is..it's a bit of a conundrum to fathom.
For sure, it's an interestingly paradoxical tome, in that the target audience is clearly those in their thirties and above. However, surely it's a fair assumption to make that those IN that demographic who would be interested in this style of encylopedic "all in one", would have, as already mentioned, done the usual internet related search, whilst on a laptop, or even on a train journey. The snazzy graphics to illustrate sales and timelines with band members, instruments played and even sales figures for the more well known releases only serve to occasionally confuse, which becomes evident when youve got bands such as The Fall, where members have been coming and going like a revolving door. Also, what is the criteria used to gain entry into the book? Album sales aren't the iron clad gate ticket, so to speak, so im assuming it's also influence and memorability. Im not sure if - and I'm a big fan - acts such as The Prodigy should really be in here, so all in all, there's some odd diffusion and lucidity in the selection process. The final thing to mention, is that on the odd act summary, there are some erroneous photos used. For example, Kraftwerk - it's also a hard stretch of the imagination to call them a rock group, surely? - have the pictures for florian schneider and ralf hutter switched around; if you're a fan, you'll spot little things like that and wonder why that wasn't checked before sending off for the print run.
In essence, as already mentioned, even with the ever shifting nature of the internet and the speed at which we can now dip in and out of it to brush up on our information, with regards to our hobbies and hence musical heroes, a book like this still does have a place. However, even at the lower price advertised here, id still suggest a look through before you buy, for all the aforementioned reasons. Maybe they'll try a more leaner approach in a future update, but as it stands, it's a mixed bag; just like musical taste itself.