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Excellent introduction to the complicated genre of rock!,
This review is from: Rock Chronicles: A Visual History of the World's Greatest 250 Rock Acts (Hardcover)
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This is a weighty tome of influential rock acts. Covering 250 of the world's most popular acts. Naturally there are some missing but on the whole the author has done a good job. It has a really nice layout, particularly the timeline of band members - which as you can imagine is quite complicated for some acts! There is a good use of colour and enough information on the key features such as sales of their most popular albums, brief history and key points. Most, if not all, of these bands could (and some do) have books that are just dedicated to their own complex history. As such there will be information missing. I see this book as more of an introductory encyclopedia rather than a full encompassing book covering the history of rock. It is really good for people like myself who are interested in rock and discovering new bands. I now have a list of new bands to check out and it has really encouraged me to look at different aspects of the rock genre.
The bands covered are not just English language based and I was impressed to see acts which may be extremely popular in their own country rather than globally also included such as the fantastic X Japan. Some of the photos are a little bit blurry but I think that is due to the age of the original photo rather than the quality of the book!
Overall, I am very impressed. It is impossible to fit every influential rock band within one book, however, this is an excellent introduction to rock and I have a lot of new bands to consider in my playlist!