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Six Degrees of Ozzy Osbourne,
This review is from: More Rock Family Trees (Family trees) (Paperback)
With obsessive attention to detail and seemingly unlimited patience, Pete Frame hand-draws each of his genealogical music charts, throwing in trivia and "where-are-they-now?" tidbits culled from his tireless research. His rock trees have graced posters, t-shirts, box sets, magazines, and even television. This collection boasts his biggest family tree yet, a monstrous 4-page chart tracing the life of Black Sabbath through all its cousins and cohorts (Deep Purple, Rainbow, Uriah Heep, Whitesnake, and of course Ozzy). He includes some historical trees for various genres such as an impressive overview of folk music "From Woody Guthrie to The Lovin' Spoonful," a detailed lesson on the "Roots of the Blues," a look into "The Prog-Rock Years" (Yes, ELP, Asia), and the evolution of L.A.'s "Paisley Underground" scene in '85 (Dream Syndicate, Rain Parade, Long Ryders, The Bangles). "Those Heady Days in Madchester" follows the paths of the numerous groups from that scene (The Smiths, The Buzzcocks, The Charlatans, Happy Mondays, James, Inspiral Carpets, New Order, The Stone Roses), and "The Flowers Of Romance" chronicles some of the punk days of '77 (Sex Pistols, Siouxsie & The Banshees, The Raincoats). There's also individual trees dedicated to Buddy Holly & The Crickets, Pink Floyd, Velvet Underground, Iron Maiden, Jeff Beck, Santana, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. He even throws in the first rock tree he ever did, a sapling from 1971 of Al Kooper's career. This book is a fascinating tour through the incestuous line-ups of rock music, and perfect for those of us who love reading the liner notes almost as much as listening to the songs.